A Day in Dig Nation
Apocalyptic alert? You decide.
This article is from 2007.
According to Baudrillard, the apocalypse has already happened through our descent into the hyper-real, our love of convenience and inability to form human relationships, we have destroyed our civilisation, but what if this were only the beginning and what if, contrary to Baudrillard’s theories, we weren’t powerless to resist it?
Here we follow Rex from child to adulthood, accompanied by the constant flicker of the television as we slip into his imagination and a world of computer games and post-apocalyptic miscommunication. Using clever projections and clowning, warnings are given about succumbing to our hyper-real existences as Rex, no longer able to build human relationships, finds himself living his life in a point-scoring computer game. Questions are raised about the dramatisation of the news and its significance, and whether we really know what’s real anymore. Can we prevent the apocalypse? You decide.
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