The BBC filmmaker Adam Curtis created this documentary film that was released in October 2016. During these 2 hours and 46 minutes, Curtis explains how, in times where confusing and incomprehensible world events happen, politicians and the people they represent have retreated in to a damaging and over-simplified world.
The term ‘’hypernormalisation’’ comes from a book that talks about life in the Soviet Union during the 20 years before it collapsed. The concept of hypernormalisation in the Soviet Union argues that everyone knew that the system was failing but no one could imagine any alternative. This led to politicians and citizens that were resigned to maintaining a pretense of a functioning society. After a period of time, this ‘’fakeness’’ was accepted as real and the effect was termed as ‘’hypernormalisation’’.
Curtis created the film containing nine chapters, ranging from the fiscal crisis in New York City in 1975 to a counter-intelligence operation designed to make the public believe that secret airborne high-technology weapons were actually UFO’s. ‘’The Colonel’’, in which he describes how the Reagan administration used Muammar Gaddafi as a pawn for their public relations strategy of creating a simplified, morally ambiguous foreign policy, is among one of the most interesting. Do not expect to finish watching the entire documentary in one sitting. It was made with the intention that the audience would be making use of modern playback functions; that means pause and rewind whenever necessary.
Watching is highly recommended if you want to learn more about global affairs and world events. Please take into account that Curtis talks about some concepts that are not proven to exist. However, the documentary suggests some very interesting insights and ideas that are absolutely worth exploring.