New Postage Stamp Accidentally Features Las Vegas Statue Of Liberty

libertyBoing Boing notes USPS’s unveiling of a brand new Statue of Liberty stamp with “an illustration of the Lady Liberty replica at Las Vegas’s New York-New York casino as opposed to the real statue in New York Harbor.” (The image used came from a stock photography website.) Many details are different between the two.

It’s an example of how we are living in a state of hyperreality, in which symbols or images become more real to us than the original reality they were supposed to represent. Now, in the minds of millions of unaware people (and the government itself), Las Vegas’ fake, amusement-park statue has become the “right” one.

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  • justagirl

    you’re looking at it all wrong. there’s no “hyperreality”. we the people prefer life (the roller coaster) liberty (the statue) and the pursuit of happiness (the casino). too bad they didn’t squeeze it all on the stamp.

  • justagirl

    you’re looking at it all wrong. there’s no “hyperreality”. we the people prefer life (the roller coaster) liberty (the statue) and the pursuit of happiness (the casino). too bad they didn’t squeeze it all on the stamp.

  • Calypso_1

    A fitting tribute to a casino economy run by banksters, and deep state political thugs. Operant conditioning is such a terrible thing to waste. Pull the lever and pay to play.

  • Calypso

    A fitting tribute to a casino economy run by banksters, and deep state political thugs. Operant conditioning is such a terrible thing to waste. Pull the lever and pay to play.

  • rainer

    I feel like this doesn’t matter at all. Pick whatever face you want to put on the stupid stamps. Most people realize the statue of liberty is about New York City.

    • Calypso_1

      Just like most people still “realize” the Federal Reserve is a branch of the United States Government. The ability to substitute simulacra for actuality engenders derealization of underlying conceptual constructs. A symbol of Liberty for the tired. poor, huddled masses yearning to breath free is substituted for a theme park monument to greed, mindless entertainment and compulsive gambling.

      • Butter Knife

        It’s a picture on a stamp. By very definition, it is a substitute for the “real thing”… which, by the way, in this case is also a substitute (for freedom, liberty, or a woman with a torch… depending on what one believes the Statute of Liberty represents).

        Frankly, given Lady Liberty’s history, I find her to be a somewhat dubious icon of freedom. Originally, the French artisans who made the statue made her face to resemble a woman of discernibly African descent, breaking the shackles of oppression and holding aloft a torch to light the way for all those behind her still in bondage. The implications of such an image were, for rather obvious reasons, unpalatable to an American populace who practiced wholesale enslavement of Africans.

        They are all simulacra, because liberty is an idea, it exists only in our minds and perceptions.

  • rainer

    I feel like this doesn’t matter at all. Pick whatever face you want to put on the stupid stamps. Most people realize the statue of liberty is about New York City.

  • Liam_McGonagle

    Hunter S. Thompson turns out to be prescient once again:

    “But what was the story? Nobody had bothered to say. So we would have to drum it up on our own. Free Enterprise. The American Dream. Horatio Alger gone mad on drugs in Las Vegas. Do it now: pure Gonzo journalism.”

    from ‘Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas: A Savage Journey to the Heart of the American Dream’

  • Liam_McGonagle

    Hunter S. Thompson turns out to be prescient once again:

    “But what was the story? Nobody had bothered to say. So we would have to drum it up on our own. Free Enterprise. The American Dream. Horatio Alger gone mad on drugs in Las Vegas. Do it now: pure Gonzo journalism.”

    from ‘Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas: A Savage Journey to the Heart of the American Dream’

  • guest

    Just like most people still “realize” the Federal Reserve is a branch of the United States Government. The ability to substitute simulacra for actuality engenders derealization of underlying conceptual constructs. A symbol of Liberty for the tired. poor, huddled masses yearning to breath free is substituted for a theme park monument to greed, mindless entertainment and compulsive gambling.

  • guest

    Just like most people still “realize” the Federal Reserve is a branch of the United States Government. The ability to substitute simulacra for actuality engenders derealization of underlying conceptual constructs. A symbol of Liberty for the tired. poor, huddled masses yearning to breath free is substituted for a theme park monument to greed, mindless entertainment and compulsive gambling.

  • Ricky Jazzercise

    Yeah, well this is human rationality and a truth about our existence which everyone conveniently ignores. That our science is just our way of taking complicated phenomenon and reducing them to simpler ideas we can wrap our heads around. Life is consciousness and not matter. The entire physical “reality” is just something we came up with to explain the fact that we don’t have the ability to understand the majority of the universe. But we try, and we convince ourselves we do, breaking things out into good and evil, right and wrong, real and unreal, zero and one. The only things human beings can talk about with any certainty are the models they themselves have invented. We create scenarios with concrete answers to appease our egos. It’s why people love the shit out of sports. There’s a winner and a loser. We can process that.

    These models we come up with are potent means of creation, but little more. They’re only as “real” as we make them. The map is not the territory so to speak. As I’m writing this, I’m in a cube farm sorounded by a bunch of people, who I’m guessing are all thinking thoughts, just like I am. I cannot perceive these thoughts, and yet our society would tell me that all of these thoughts “don’t exist” because we can’t extrapolate them into a format that’s perceivable to all as of yet. It’s too much to process or even consider, so we conveniently filter it out. And then you get people acting like the truly know what they’re talking about. Those people are obviously full of shit. I’m looking at you atheists, and hyper religious types. True spirituality is destroying your ego and coming to terms with the fact that there are things you will never, ever understand entirely. If you have a potent enough transpersonal experience, you come to this realization pretty quick.

  • Ricky Jazzercise

    Yeah, well this is human rationality and a truth about our existence which everyone conveniently ignores. That our science is just our way of taking complicated phenomenon and reducing them to simpler ideas we can wrap our heads around. Life is consciousness and not matter. The entire physical “reality” is just something we came up with to explain the fact that we don’t have the ability to understand the majority of the universe. But we try, and we convince ourselves we do, breaking things out into good and evil, right and wrong, real and unreal, zero and one. The only things human beings can talk about with any certainty are the models they themselves have invented. We create scenarios with concrete answers to appease our egos. It’s why people love the shit out of sports. There’s a winner and a loser. We can process that.

    These models we come up with are potent means of creation, but little more. They’re only as “real” as we make them. The map is not the territory so to speak. As I’m writing this, I’m in a cube farm sorounded by a bunch of people, who I’m guessing are all thinking thoughts, just like I am. I cannot perceive these thoughts, and yet our society would tell me that all of these thoughts “don’t exist” because we can’t extrapolate them into a format that’s perceivable to all as of yet. It’s too much to process or even consider, so we conveniently filter it out. And then you get people acting like the truly know what they’re talking about. Those people are obviously full of shit. I’m looking at you atheists, and hyper religious types. True spirituality is destroying your ego and coming to terms with the fact that there are things you will never, ever understand entirely. If you have a potent enough transpersonal experience, you come to this realization pretty quick.

  • DRLECHCTER

    perfect

  • DRLECHCTER

    perfect

  • Butter Knife

    It’s a picture on a stamp. By very definition, it is a substitute for the “real thing”… which, by the way, in this case is also a substitute (for freedom, liberty, or a woman with a torch… depending on what one believes the Statute of Liberty represents).

    Frankly, given Lady Liberty’s history, I find her to be a somewhat dubious icon of freedom. Originally, the French artisans who made the statue made her face to resemble a woman of discernibly African descent, breaking the shackles of oppression and holding aloft a torch to light the way for all those behind her still in bondage. The implications of such an image were, for rather obvious reasons, unpalatable to an American populace who practiced wholesale enslavement of Africans.

    They are all simulacra, because liberty is an idea, it exists only in our minds and perceptions.

  • http://buzzcoastin.posterous.com BuzzCoastin

    how apropos and droll

  • BuzzCoastin

    how apropos and droll

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