Monday, March 19, 2007

The Conspiracy To Stop You Robbing Stuff

What to say about Adam Curtis’s latest outbreak of stupid ?

It must mean something that even fellow Lefties are starting to mock Curtis’s dreadfully clichéd nonsense. Not that that’ll stop the BBC. After all, the fact Curtis has been employed again after ‘The Power of Nightmares’ proves once and for all that the BBC is incapable of embarrassment.

Actually, all you really need to know is that Mad Maddie gave it the thumbs up in the Guardian. Of course, the delusional pay their licence fee just like the rest of us, but don’t ask me to watch their stuff. There’s plenty to say about Curtis’s absurd thesis, but that’d almost be giving it more credit than it deserves.

Nope, what intrigued me was the sheer chutzpah of it all. Here’s Curtis taking out an onion for the collapse of social cohesion. Yet what is the central thesis of, well, more or less everything Curtis has ever done ? Ah yes: IT’S ALL A CONSPIRACY!

To buy into Curtis’s nonsense – and I’m not convinced even he does – is to believe that every well-adjusted member of society is either a sad dupe or an actual co-conspirator. Ditto, social norms are actually a form of oppression by the elite. How exactly can you call for social cohesion while believing that the self-same society is secretly run by dark forces ?

Oh, sure, Curtis would no doubt try and square that particular circle, but the society-as-conspiracy meme has been one Lefties have been pushing for years – and not without considerable success. The idea that expecting people to conform to social norms is a form of oppression has been given full reign in our schools and courts. If Curtis really wants to see why our society is falling apart, he might want to start closer to home.

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