I have been watching Adam Curtis’s BBC documentaries for years and his latest one, Hyper Normalisation, re-cycles some of his past work with new lens extending past contents into the present. In this documentary Curtis traces our unfolding never-ending story 50 years back and bring it forward into Trump’s Tent. What will emerge from Trump’s Tent is what this Blog is now attempting to understand. Seems we need a logic to guide this effort. Remember, we are still searching for the mathematics behind reality – in human behavior. I hope you are sleeping and dreaming well!
Hyper Normalisation wades through the culmination of forces that have driven this culture into mass uncertainty, confusion, spectacle and simulation. Where events keep happening that seem crazy, inexplicable and out of control—from Donald Trump to Brexit, to the War in Syria, mass immigration, extreme disparity in wealth, and increasing bomb attacks in the West—this film shows a basis to not only why these chaotic events are happening, but also why we, as well as those in power, may not understand them. We have retreated into a simplified, and often completely fake version of the world. And because it is reflected all around us, ubiquitous, we accept it as normal. This epic narrative of how we got here spans over 40 years, with an extraordinary cast of characters—the Assad dynasty, Donald Trump, Henry Kissinger, Patti Smith, early performance artists in New York, President Putin, Japanese gangsters, suicide bombers, Colonel Gaddafi and the Internet. HyperNormalisation weaves these historical narratives back together to show how today’s fake and hollow world was created and is sustained. This shows that a new kind of resistance must be imagined and actioned, as well as an unprecedented reawakening in a time where it matters like never before.