Posts Tagged ‘philosophy’

Hollywood Hyperreality: Operation Gotham Shield Sends People Batshit

Or How I Learned to Stop Worrying Because The Avengers Accidentally Created a Conspiracy Theory.  Conspiracy theorists gone done it again.  Having learned abso-fucking-lutely nothing from the Jade Helm nonsense, the 2012 Olympics hype and the predictions of a New World Order false flag to stop Trump from winning the ...
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ClandesTime 096 – Unreal

Unreal is a gripping and brutal satire of reality TV but it is much more than that. While this might sound like a drama about a trivial subject, the content of Unreal makes it one of the most serious and important TV series of recent years. It follows two female ...
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Carol For Another Christmas – Tom Secker on PPR

Pearse invited me on his radio show to discuss the 1964 TV movie A Carol for Another Christmas.  This was the first in a series of TV films designed to promote the United Nations and sponsored by the Xerox corporation.  A Carol for Another Christmas is a remake of A ...
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Tom Secker on The Ripple Effect

I recently talked to Ricky Varandas for his podcast The Ripple Effect.  We were supposed to be discussing government involvement in entertainment but got distracted and ended up talking about: whether popularity matters; Trump and Brexit and why people voted for them; the differences and similarities between American and British ...
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Spirit Cooking Election Day Special – Tom Secker on PPR

Pearse invited Aaron and myself onto his show on the evening of the Presidential election.  I, for one, welcome our new Orange Overlord but when we taped this the result was not yet known.  This conversation got a bit abstract as we didn't discuss the candidates much at all, but ...
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Did the Dept. of Energy invent the ‘Making Of’ video?

The Department of Energy has a minor but interesting role in the history of Hollywood, providing shooting locations for Tron (1982) and Star Trek Into Darkness (2013) at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.  I am still awaiting documents on Star Trek but the DoE have provided me with another of ...
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ClandesTime 089 – Conspiracy Theories: The Moon Landings

I don't believe any of the alternative theories about the moon landings but this week I thought it would be fun to explore some of the arguments around these seminal events.  We begin by looking at some of the arguments people have made in support of the conspiracy theories and ...
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ClandesTime 087 – Rorschach Politics and the US Election

This has been a presidential election campaign like no other, where both sides are cynically exploiting identity politics and the loathsome nature of their opponent to try to seize political capital.  In this episode I try to offer a new take on the election and outline a concept I'm calling ...
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Dept of Energy records on the filming of Tron (and Star Trek)

Tron is a classic piece of transhumanist cinema and the first of a string of films where someone is sucked into a digital realm and has to battle it out with computer programs in order to save the day (the Matrix trilogy being the most popular examples).  It was also ...
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Review: A Very Heavy Agenda

Robbie Martin's A Very Heavy Agenda is a powerful series of documentary films that chart the rise of neo-conservatism and its ever-changing impact on US and global affairs.  From the Kagans to the Kristols, from the anthrax attacks to Hilary Clinton, this is an epic journey into the dark heart ...
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