19.2.13

Things Will Not Be So Easy

I truly enjoy how hollywood makes profit by projecting the fears of its own established cultural elites. I don't even mind when such profits are made by making a caricature of the very real and raw impulses motivating many of us who are increasingly organizing to confront those elites - impulses rooted in an organic sense of complete disgust with a mainstream that is fundamentally a manufactured pseudo-civilization with corporate oligarchs and govern-mental disfunction firmly at its core.

I just watched the following trailer for the new film "The East": "a story centered on contract worker who is tasked with infiltrating an anarchist group, only to find herself falling for its leader." The film features actors Ellen Page, Alexander Skarsgård and Brit Marling, and directed by Zal Batmanglij. The film premiered at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival on January 20, 2013.

The film's co-writer and star Brit Marling said the following in relation to the film: "Multinational corporations are outside of the purview of any nation-state. These are the entities that are shaping and running the world... The modern anarchy movement is about rebelling against the corporate structure."

Check it out:



Any comments?

7 comments:

s.c. hickman said...

Great stuff, Michael! thanks...

Where Occupy fell into a media void, now the void follows you home, encompassing even your dreams. Is there a downloadable version of the full length film?

Anonymous said...

this might be worth sharing:
http://vimeo.com/47015692
-dmf

Michael- said...

Hello Craig,

I'm not sure if the film is widely available yet, but if it is it would certainly be appropriate given the thrust of the film's message to download it for free...

What this type of film/display shows, i think, is that anarchists and those who would oppose the managers of the dominating corporate-government assemblage have done a decent enough job expressing their outrage, to the extent that we are now seeing 'their' message and sentiments begin to register at more than just the so-called collective subconscious level, leading to an EXPLICIT recognition by the culture-industry that something desperately needs to be done.

Where do you stand on the spectrum of direct confrontation and/or resistance?

Michael- said...

pseudo-civilization:

'Civilization' (noun) = a term used in several related ways. Primarily, the term has been used to refer to the material and instrumental side of human cultures that are complex in terms of technology, science, and division of labor. In a classical context, people were called "civilized" to set them apart from barbarians, savages, and primitive peoples.

'pseudo' (prefix) = from Greek ψευδής "lying, false".

Michael- said...

thanks Dirk!

Anonymous said...

http://www.wnyc.org/shows/lopate/2013/feb/22/using-anthropology-understand-consumers/

Michael- said...

"Microsoft is said to be the second-largest employer of anthropologists in the world."

... now where is my resume ;-)

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