Indian Wells, California
(Above my mother’s home the 45 years she lived at Eldorado CC)
Perhaps a feature film in the story of Edward Snowden. Or, a tv pilot (?). The modern “whistleblower” but the greatest of all the whistleblowers in history. A villain dwells in the modern NSA. Against the villain, an American hero or heroine who wants to their freedom. The hero tries to break into the great information collecting machine.
Citizen Four is the most important documentary film about our government that has ever escaped censorship. Certainly, it is a topic that needs to be discussed more today and a topic that should not go away with a fantastic documentary film and, perhaps, a feature film. All of this is much too vast for a few films on the subject. It is something happening to all of us, 24/7 every day. No one is really exempt from the reach of the government’s net, or dragnet.
What media and message will it take to make a nation aware that this is the most important event in their lives?
The greatest alley of the American government these days seems to be in that historic trick of the magician in history called the art of distraction. Anything to distract the populace from seeing the battle as between them and the government. Not a three-pronged power dynamic of two-political parties fighting with the government. But simply a populace against a government.
Aldous Huxley said it well in his Preface to A Brave New World, “In regard to propaganda the early advocates of universal literacy and a free press envisaged only two possibilities: the propaganda might be true, or it might be false. They did not foresee what in fact has happened, above all in our Western capitalist democracies – the development of a vast mass communications industry, concerned in the main neither with the true nor the false, but with the unreal, the more or less totally irrelevant. In a word, they failed to take into account man’s almost infinite appetite for distractions.”
The increasing purpose of popular culture in America is to offer this distraction to the populace away from their understanding the villain is the government to thinking that the villain is the other political party of the times. There are only two political parties picked since the beginning of the nation. Always two parties event though third parties challenged at times. But who decided there would be parties in the first place? Battling against each other. Another form of distraction from looking at the government at their true enemy in life?
One of the techniques of control today is creating both popular culture as well as political and international culture. In addition to the distractions of popular culture such as iPhones, cable tv, FaceBook, Twitter, movies, songs, images, celebrities. Sports stars. Film stars. Music stars. To all of this there are a number of crises around the world that only the government can respond to. An epidemic called Ebola in Africa. A terrorist group called ISIS overrunning the middle east. All types of domestic issues like the IRS scandal, the issue of amnesty, the big pipeline.
All distracting the American citizen today of the greatest threat to their freedom. The invasion of their privacy through sophisticated modern methods of collecting data. The Internet has brought a revolution in communication. Yet, at the same time, it has also brought the possibility for a new type of monitoring the market more than ever before. The government has incorporated state of the art marketing, advertising and publicity theory and mixed this with creative types in Hollywood and on Broadway. It seems somewhat ironic that the electronic wonders that give us freedom today also collect our electronic footprints.
Does anyone step forward to battle this monstrosity?
To make others believe in the possibility (just entertaining the thought even briefly) that the battle might really be between the people and the government rather than the Democrats and Republicans. Or, blacks against whites. Men against women. Rich against poor. Young against old.