Writer Liam Pieper (The Toymaker) passionately argues that pop icon Taylor Swift is ‘Baudrillard’s hyperreality, made real’. French philosopher Jean Baudrillard claimed that current society has replaced all reality and meaning with symbols and signs, and that human experience is a simulation of reality. According to Liam, Swift herself is Baudrillard’s final-stage simulacra, a copy of a thing that never existed. Liam discusses the work of Baudrillard and the unstoppable marketing juggernaut that is Swift.

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