The Desert of the Real


General Format

The Desert of the Real: music from outside the reach of empire.

The sociologist Jean Baudrillard writes that mainstream society provides for us a "map" of the world, a map that tells us what to think, what to wear, what to consume, what to value, what to be. The map seems so extensive and covers so much ground that many of us mistake the map for the actual world itself--but it is only a copy of the world, a representation of what serves the needs of the status quo. In order to experience the real world, rather than a copy of it, one must go off the edges of the map into what Baudrillard calls "the desert of the real": the world not colonized by the empire of consumption. This general format show will play music from diverse genres but will feature songs that are not designed only for consumption based on the rules of the map. Hidden indie gems, deep cuts from cult favorites. Etc. Also will sample the kick ass allusion to Baudrillard in the Matrix quotation below. Morpheus: "What is real? How do you define real? If you are talking about what you can feel, what you can smell, what you can taste and see, then real is simply electrical signals interpreted by your brain. This is the world that you know...It exists now only as part of a neural, interactive simulation that we call the matrix. You've been living in a dream world, Neo. This is the world that exists today: welcome to the desert of the real."
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