HyperNormalisation – Adam Curtis

After submitting my essay last Monday I decided to turn on a documentary that was named very often in the past weeks: HyperNormalisation from Adam Curtis. I did not really know what to expect other than an interesting vision on our world. The documentary is 2:45 hours long and I couldn’t watch the whole documentary in one go. Not because of the time, but the content had such a heavy weight that I had to stop in between. Adam Curtis portraits a world since the seventies where American presidents closed deals with leaders in the Middle East. The biggest question is: what do people think or know about the deals and other message that are send into the world? The media, a researcher or president tells a story, the one that fits best, not the most sincere story. It can be true, but is often not the whole truth. Curtis connects the development of terrorism against the west to the development of the internet. First a medium and now a new world. What started as a corporate world became the world where people share lives and organise attacks. The story of the development of the suicide bomb really gave me the shivers. First used to get the Americans out of the Middle East it has grown to killing innocent people. The Islam does not approve it in their religion, until an Egyptian leader said it was ok. The idea that there is a logic development behind the horrifying act of blowing yourself for the sake of …. I don’t even know what.


This documentary is one I will think about for a little while. There were so many elements in here that I might need to watch it a second time. It made me wonder who we have to address in the world to find out what the truth is. Or maybe I don’t want to know the truth all the time? The way presidents think they can use situations and people to gain more power made me sick to my stomach. Back in the days you would go over with a sword and tell the other leader you didn’t approve, now we fight sneaky on innocent peoples grounds for our own good. (yes I mean the war in Syria where so many leaders try to show their power)

I am afraid sometimes. The hatred you see growing because people feel unheard, the astonishment when Trump wins (haven’t we just closed our ears for too long?) and the unwelcoming behaviour we address towards people who are ‘different’. This defensive behaviour makes me standing strong in my believe that I have to try in as many ways as possible to generate a more respectful approach towards each other. And I ask the leaders in our countries to listen closely and portray a STRONG person who can lead the country. Because especially as our world becomes more and more connected we seek the feeling that our country needs a vision. In Holland we vote coming March after four years of calm politics, but the people want a stronger person as our president, please don’t let hate and lies win.