Manipulated and Fake

“But maybe they aren’t politicians any longer. They have become instead pantomine villains whose real job is to make us angry. And when we are angry, we click more. And clicks feed the ever-growing power and wealth of the corporations that run social media. We think we are expressing ourselves, but really we are just components in their system. At the moment, that system absorbs all opposition, Which is why nothing ever changes.” — from Adam Curtis‘s Hypernormalization, a 2016 BBC documentary that popped on 10.16.16 16 on the BBC iPlayer. Curtis’s basic thesis (per Wiki page) is that “since the 1970s, governments, financiers, and technological utopians have given up on the complex ‘real world’ and built a simple ‘fake world’ that is run by corporations and kept stable by politicians.”

In other words, we’re living in a much more Orwellian big-brother realm than most of us realize.

  • roland1824

    Here’s a link to the full 160 minute film, until BBC whacks it down:

    Glad to see this pop up here, but the thing to keep in mind with Curtis is that he is a storyteller, not just a documentarian. (As most filmmakers are, duh.) But he won’t let facts get in the way of his clever narratives. He works under the BBC, so he will always have to pull some punches and stop at certain lines, being sure not to completely speak truth to power. He has a way of framing things towards one area but equally as much turning you away from others. He is worthwhile, but not above questioning. Some go farther and call him a “limited hangout”, paid by the powers that be to put on a narrative that will dribble out some truth pellets amidst a whole lot of misdirection.

    (Also, Vice is now owned by Disney and more than ever will never tell the full truths that are out there–not that they ever did.)

    • Mark Henry Hopper

      Vice was going steeply downhill before the buyout. It’s become a kind of hipster credibility porn, with every story framed as if it was the reason why the world was going to end in our lifetimes.

      It’s ludicrous. I mean, surely some doomsday scenarios would cancel others out!

  • Michael Gebert

    Define “nothing ever changes.” I see huge changes in media in the last couple of decades which have devastated a number of major industries and vastly improved access to audiences, to name one.

    It hasn’t changed in the sense that we haven’t adopted the policies of 19th century Marxism out of the blue, or revived the Hanseatic League for that matter. Doesn’t mean “nothing has changed.”

    • DukeSavoy

      How did you know about the Hanseatic League? You’re not supposed to know that. The fact that everybody thinks the Hanseatic League no longer exists not only proves that it does, but that it runs everything. Headquarters appears to be a conditerei in Lubeck – Cafe Neo on Morpheus Strasse. Oh, and they make a lovely Bienenstich. But it would be best if you never spoke of this again.

    • Magga

      I watched an hour of the youtube-clip last night, and one of the biggest mistakes the film makes IMO is to pretend that everything changed in 1975, when the tendencies that are described have been there since the birth of civilization. It’s still fascinating, though, and there are some horrible ironies.

      • Michael Gebert

        What the hell happened in 1975? Jaws?

        • Magga

          Assad and Trump 🙂
          So, yes, it’s awfully convenient

  • “And when we are angry, we click more.”

    I’ve thought about Jeff as D-FENS before, but never quite like this.