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Oh Dea­rism (2009)

As the main­stream media attempts to crea­te a sim­ple nar­ra­ti­ve from huge­ly com­plex events, much is obvious­ly lost in the trans­la­ti­on — most often pur­po­se­ful­ly. This short film attempts to con­trast the cha­rac­ter of this nar­ra­ti­ve in the 1990s, whe­re events were almost uni­ver­sal­ly por­tray­ed as ‘the litt­le guy ver­sus the big guy’ to the post Rwan­da nar­ra­ti­ve of ‘scat­te­red ter­ri­ble things hap­pe­ning ever­yw­he­re, Oh Dear.’ It is not that we can’t actual­ly do any­thing about the­se events, it is only that main­stream media pres­ents the­se events wit­hin a frame­work that makes it seem that way and that in its­elf is a very power­ful way to con­trol socie­ty.

Oh Dea­rism II (2014)

A look back on the news events from 2014 reveals a con­fu­sing, mudd­led mess. Things are increa­sin­gly chao­tic, along with the reporting of the events in the cul­tu­re of 24 – 7 rol­ling news, sound-byte feeds and the Inter­net. The result, as we see, is not a cohe­rent public under­stan­ding of the­se com­plex events, but more a pro­found mass-con­fu­si­on, with dis­cour­se des­troy­ed, which in-turn broods dis­en­ga­ge­ment from the world and fur­ther ato­mi­ses an alre­a­dy divi­ded-and-con­que­red public. It is this res­pon­se that is a power­ful form of soci­al con­trol, and is by desi­gn…


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