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Hypernormalization — the film by Adam Curtis (BBC)

HyperNormalisation is Adam Curtis’ latest documentary film for the BBC released on Oct. 16, 2016. It is perhaps Curtis’s most compelling work to date. Presciently, it was released on Oct. 16, 2016, just prior to the stunning, surprise election of Donald Trump as President of the United States. Curtis compellingly argues that since the 1970s, governments, financiers and high-tech engineers have consistently constructed a fake world to replace an unsatisfactory real one. In Orwellian style, that fake world is run by corporations and kept stable by willing politicians for their own perceived gain. The Syria/Libya dichotomy figures as a prime example, where Colonel Ghadaffy served as the perfect bogeyman, often being blamed for actions really taken by Assad and Syria. We also see the beginnings of Trumpism in the 1970s and the development of his P T Barnum persona– the reality show that just won’t quit. Curtis masterfully weaves a stark tapestry of the urgent political and economic problems facing the modern world, which our leaders seem unable to fix.

 

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