Quotation by Jean Baudrillard

Fiction is not imagination. It is what anticipates imagination by giving it the form of reality. This is quite opposite to our own natural tendency which is to anticipate reality by imagining it, or to flee from it by idealizing it. That is why we shall never inhabit true fiction; we are condemned to the imaginary and nostalgia for the future.
Jean Baudrillard (b. 1929), French semiologist. "Utopia Achieved," America (1986, trans. 1988).

Baudrillard is referring specifically to the European experience. The American way of life, he says, is "spontaneously fictional, since it is a transcending of the imaginary in reality."
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