No one prefers loneliness or staying in a boring place. The need for happiness and being part of a crowd creates an opportunity for existence of a false self and things. In fact, the world appears as a simulated computer as people falsify everything from identity to structures to suit their interest. Realistically, individuals find it difficult to figure out reality when confronted with a dilemma. In the article “Approaching the Real and the Fake: Living Life in the Fifth World,” Congdon, et al. outline the meaning and implication of living in a fake world. The writers argue that, while unreal things are attractive, they only produce illusion and mislead people.
The scholars claim that forgery has existed in different forms for a long duration. The scholars use the concept of a fifth world to clarify their points. This place, which many people currently live, lacks common sense or real encounters similar to worlds one through four. The false and misleading regions are “virtual space, mass media, the U.S. suburbs, art schools, malls, Disneyland, the White House and La Chingada”(332). People get attracted to these places because of their utopian nature and appearance. In contrast, world one to four includes, “administrative domains, geo-political limbo lands, communities of color, ex-underdeveloped countries, and conceptual places for indigenous people, exiles, immigrants, and deterritorialized people”(332). Unlike other regions, World five mislead as they correspond with people’s desire daily aspirations. Further, no one ever questions the authenticity of the fake realities. Individuals in the fifth world move everywhere to explore nature even with the adverse effects. The authors call for strict measures to avoid distractions and illusions to curb the problem.
I agree with the scholars’ notion of availability of fake things but disagree with others aspects. As someone who lived in the suburb areas of America at an early age, the place should not be classified as a fake world. Individuals living in the areas observe other elements that are not in the fifth world. The regions are further dwelling places for people and part of their reality. Even if suburb dwellers are not familiar with many things like those in cities, they still know them. Similarly, Disneyland also does not meet the definition of a fifth world. The place acts as an illustration of a staged environment. In contrast, the society is real and not staged. People only visit Disneyland for entertainment as it creates an image of an ideal world. In brief, while fake world exists, Congdon et al. classification and illustration are not accurate.
But then, it is true that humans have lost their sense of reality as per the scholars’ argument. Rather than accepting reality, everyone is perplexed with a modeled, attractive, and entertaining environment(Congdon et al., 336) The fact proves why many persons get attracted to New York or Disneyland. Moreover, most people are currently addicted to virtual world as social media and entertainment. Rather than meeting individuals’ desire, the places only result in multiple personalities as per the writers’ observation.
People are increasingly losing sense of reality because of fake things. According to Congdon et al., unreal world has existed for a long time. Such places are attractive but mislead as they match expectation of many observers and users. Although the authors’ observation is right, the classification and explanation of fifth world are inaccurate.
Congdon, Kristin G., and Doug Blandy. “Approaching the real and the fake: Living life in the fifth world.” Studies in Art Education 42.3 (2001): 331-342.