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That Boss Life

Hyper real inertia


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That Boss Life construct a conventional transformation narrative. By doing so it position its audience to think that the use of their Big Shot product will ultimately lead them to an idealised metropolitan New York lifestyle.


The use of slow motion sequences - of flawless presenters - and the golden ambience of the product’s penthouse setting presents a dream-like tone that is both seductive and mesmerising.


Yet Baudrillard would also argue that audiences intuit that the world depicted in the advert lies beyond their reach: that its hyperreal gloss is both inauthentic and fake. Audiences might be seduced, Baudrillard argues, but they are also inert, and, more dangerously, that inertia carries into the readings made of all media consumed by audiences.

Idealised depiction

A media representation that constructs a perfected image of something or someone.

Media terminology used

Hyperreal inertia

A term coined by Baudrillard to describe the hypnotising affect of media yet also the sense of disbelief that audiences feel when they consume media products. Advertising for instance compels us to watch - yet while watching we might simultaneously disbelieve the claims made by the same advert.


Refers to the emotional tone of shot - usually controlled through the type of lighting used. A sequence might have a cold or warm lighting ambience for instance.

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