Hypernormalisation: Terrorism, Syria, Donald Trump, Vladimir Putin

Hypernormalisation is a film by Adam Curtis broadcasted by the BBC. It is just a great film to assist us in the momentous task of piecing certain events that can help explain where we find ourselves and our world today. Most of us do not have time to think and analyse all the relevant news articles and reports that come out. So we do not really know what is going on in the world. Adam Curtis has taken it upon himself to do this for us.  

If you ask me what I think the main theme of this film is, then it is this text below that is flashed somewhere in the film. 

“We live in a world where the powerful deceive us. We know they lie, they know we know they lie, they don’t care. We say we care, but we do nothing. And nothing ever changes. It’s normal. Welcome to the post-truth world.”

He explains a period of four decades from the 80s to now, touching on the following...

  • Al-Assad of Syria made an alliance with Ruhollah Khomeini of Iran. He was vengeful of the US (Kissinger). They began to utilise Suicide Bombing. It was initially practiced by Shia Muslims only to be later adopted by other factions including the Sunny Muslims.

    To this day, suicide bombers is the weapon of choice of those willing to manipulate the gullible into blowing themselves up for someone else's political and ideological causes. 
  • Colonel Muammar Gaddafi of Libya was just an easier target and thus, had become a pawn in the US's Public Relations, pinning him for crimes that European security services attribute to Syrian intelligence agencies. 

    Yet for his ego, he played along because it increased his prestige and his image as a revolutionary. 
  • The famous UFO Sightings in the 90s were actually of a secret US Government Military testing of high-technology weapons systems. Information were leaked to Ufologists to spread the word that the sightings were of UFOs. Naturally, the Ufologists and those who believed in UFOs were only too happy to use the leaked documents and believed that the government were hiding knowledge of UFOs. 
  • There was a successful gambler named Akio Kashiwagi, who was winning a lot of money in Donald Trump's casino. Trump hired Jess Marcum, a card counter to devise a model to counter Kashiwagi's system. But before Kashiwagi could pay Trump back US $10 million, Kashiwagi was killed by the Yakuza. 
  • Vladimir Putin, with his cabinet of political technologists are creating mass confusion. Vladislav Surkov uses ideas from theatre into politics as a way to intentionally confuse and use that confusion for political means. For example, what are they really doing in Syria? They organised this concert to celebrate their leaving but they are still there!

    Similar techniques of intentional confusion seems to have been employed by Donald Trump in his campaign and based on his recent tweets, he did acknowledge that he is intentionally confusing people to keep everyone guessing. But I sometimes wonder whether that's a great cover for every time he fucks up. He can just pretend it is part of a bigger plan. 

    The Left's attempt to counter this on the Internet had no effect because they were just 'preaching to their choir', making the social media corporations happy for the clicks the elections has generated within their networks. 
  • Abu Musab al-Suri in Syria argues that terrorists should not carry out large scale attacks like Osama Bin Laden did. Instead he encourages random small-scale attacks throughout the West to create fear and chaos which would be more difficult to retaliate against. 
  • These attacks then led to people in the West, fearful of terrorism, voting for those who promised to make it harder for Muslims to immigrate to their countries. This then led to Brexit and Donald Trump being voted as the next US President. 

You can learn so much more in the three hours you invest watching this, than trying to make sense of the world, reading hundreds of news articles to piece all this together. You may see things differently, but you are given the chance then to compare your data and your analysis and argue against what Adam Curtis presents in this excellent documentary. 

Have you seen the video? What are your thoughts on it?

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