International Journal of English Literature and Culture

International Journal of English Literature and Culture

Vol. 3(5), pp. 145-149, May, 2015

 ISSN: 2360-7831

DOI: 10.14662/IJELC2015.044

Research Paper

The All-Pervasive Influence of the Media and the Collapse of Meaning in Don Delillo’s white Noise


Hassan Abootalebi


Faculty of Humanities, Department of English Language and Literature, Lorestan University, Iran.

E-mail address: brightfuture2002@gmail.com


Accepted 15 May 2015




The present paper is an attempt to investigate Don Delillo’s White Noise (1986) from the vantage point of Baudrillard’s concepts of hyperreality, simulation, and the role of media in contemporary media-dominated societies. In this regard, the above-mentioned notions will be first fully discussed, and then applied to Delillo’s selected work to observe how a whole culture might be assembled into a hyperreal world, and what ramifications it could have on people’s lives without their knowing it. Ultimately, a conclusion will be drawn which might be of great help to readers of the fiction. It is indeed, a theoretical examination of the novel. This study, it is hoped, will appeal to those interested in ascertaining the influence hyperreality and the mainstream media exert on daily lives, while most of us are not aware of, and familar with, their dire, cumulative effects.


Key Words: hyperreality, simulation, the media, Delillo, Baudrillard


Cite This Article As: Abootalebi H (2015). The All-Pervasive Influence of the Media and the Collapse of Meaning in Don Delillo’s white Noise. Inter. J. Eng. Lit. Cult. 3(5): 145-149



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