New Dawn Fades

The Soul of the East

“It’s just a movie”, we so often hear in response to any criticism of a film’s suggestive power over the mass psyche. Thus propaganda emanating from Hollywood is made to appear a harmless diversion rather than the agent of social control and transformation it actually is. When a black-clad killer stormed the theater premiere of The Dark Knight Rises in Aurora, Colorado on July 20th and proceeded to rake the audience with gunfire, the exact same scenario was transpiring on-screen before them in a preview of the upcoming picture Gangster Squad. For victims of the massacre and the American public at large, reality and fantasy have been fused in an alchemical wedding; it is in this realm that phantasms and flickering simulacra deceive men and lure them to destruction. Here, too, death is master. [1]

As the final installment of the Batman trilogy, The Dark Knight Rises

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2 Comments on New Dawn Fades

  1. Well, if movies are just movies and music is just music, and art is just art….. Why have tyrants and oligarchs throughout history been so interested in them? Obviously the key to controlling a society’s politics is controlling its culture.

    Controlling Hollywood is as important as controlling the education system. The indoctrination may not be as direct but it is arguably more effective (insidious). Great post!

  2. “Theatricality and deception. Powerful agents to the unitiated. But we are initiated aren’t we…” Bane

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