Adam Curtis Hyper normalisation , opinion?

It's a bit long winded but just wondered what people's opinion is on this thought provoking film.

BBC I-player , category under Film

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Love Adam Curtis's films and this one is no exception. His visual style is always interesting and I like his use of rather low-fi VHS footage and the way he mixes quite graphic scenes from news packages and well selected moments of naff pop-culture. His stuff is never going to hit the mark with everyone and it's probably true to say you have to want to watch it, or have an interest... His films aren't a casual drop in and watch kind of affair. That being said, I believe his work is really important. Narratives and themes like these are seldom given airtime these days. Kind of an irony given much of the subject matter! We need more TV like this. It makes you like, you know, think and stuff.

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Never heard of him before, a friend said watch it and it was a bit shocking.

I would also recommend his two short series: The Power of Nightmares and All Watched Over by Machines of Loving Grace. Good stuff. You have to keep in mind, while you're consuming this kind of thing, that the narratives are carefully selected. Everything is true, of course, I'm not questioning his journalistic integrity at all, but he is creating a very linear narrative with his films. It's very easy to fall into a conspiratorial mindset when you watch this kind of thing. It is truth.. but it's not a simple truth. These are select events, in the complex machinery of modern history. Don't fall into simple conspiracy (which Curtis doesn't as a filmmaker) as a viewer. Use it as a reference map for your own journey. We should all strive to know a little more about how our societies and cultures work, who power lies with and how/if their influences are accountable.

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I would also recommend his two short series: The Power of Nightmares and … I would also recommend his two short series: The Power of Nightmares and All Watched Over by Machines of Loving Grace. Good stuff. You have to keep in mind, while you're consuming this kind of thing, that the narratives are carefully selected. Everything is true, of course, I'm not questioning his journalistic integrity at all, but he is creating a very linear narrative with his films. It's very easy to fall into a conspiratorial mindset when you watch this kind of thing. It is truth.. but it's not a simple truth. These are select events, in the complex machinery of modern history. Don't fall into simple conspiracy (which Curtis doesn't as a filmmaker) as a viewer. Use it as a reference map for your own journey. We should all strive to know a little more about how our societies and cultures work, who power lies with and how/if their influences are accountable.



One of the best and most sensible replies I've heard on here.

You're right , I don't take it as a linear truth as with everything else I see and hear but it was certainly thought provoking and I didn't realise these kind of doc/films were out there.
I would imagine there are people who get indoctrinated with this point of view without question.
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