Crisis Carnival 2010: Spectacle! The Seduction of Illusion
What do the Olympic opening ceremony, drag queens, and Shakespeare have in common?
Linguistic theorists such as Judith Butler, Jean Baudrillard, and Guy Debord have all conjectured that we engage daily in performances that obscure the line between illusion and reality. These performances both re-affirm and challenge society's values, boundaries, and taboos. By analyzing these spectacles, we can question the relationship between performance and the "real," with the hopes of discovering the motivations behind these seductive visions.