(N.Morgan) The modern day moral fiber of society has deteriorated to such a degree that most people are suffering from a complete disconnect from reality.
Perhaps no philosophical concept more aptly describes the current cultural milieu than hyperreality, characterized by wikipedia as “an inability of consciousness to distinguish reality from a simulation of reality, especially in technologically advanced postmodern societies.”
The ideological motives and functions of cinema and other pop culture are manifold, but a major one is control and influence of mass audiences.
We now know the US government has been doing it at least since the 1950s.
According to a Church Committee investigation detailing Operation Mockingbird in 1976:
“The CIA currently maintains a network of several hundred foreign individuals around the world who provide intelligence for the CIA and at times attempt to influence opinion through the use of covert propaganda.
These individuals provide the CIA with direct access to a large number of newspapers and periodicals, scores of press services and news agencies, radio and television stations, commercial book publishers, and other foreign media outlets.”
In the video below, DTRH Popeye is joined by broadcast researcher, comedian, and author Jay Dyer.
The two of them have a very in depth conversation about such topics as films and the people Jay discusses in his book titled ESOTERIC HOLLYWOOD: SEX, CULTS, AND SYMBOLS IN FILMS.
Jay says, “There is not another book out here like it, a book that tries to combine philosophy; geopolitics; comedy; conspiracy; satire; and metaphysics all into one package.”
Popeye and Jay also discuss Stanley Kubrick, his films and hidden messages as well as Steven Spielberg’s films.