The Trap: What Happened to Our Dream of Freedom

I just watched the BBC Series The Trap: What Happened to Our Dream of Freedom from 2007. The three one-hour series present a very interesting insight into one of the facets of our society. The basic idea of the movie is to describe the origins of two ideologies of freedom that dominate the world: the positive and negative freedom. The positive freedom is based on an ideology, on an all-encompassing idea that drives people forward, like in Soviet times, for example, while the negative freedom basically justifies “everyone for himself” attitude, promoted by the “free market” ideologists. The interesting part is that the authors conclude that both ideologies cause societies to end up in the same place eventually and then the positive freedom society at least has some ideology while in the negative freedom society people lose all purpose in life.

An absolutely hilarious piece of news from the movie:

… the game theory/free market model is now undergoing interrogation by economists who suspect a more irrational model of behaviour is appropriate and useful. In fact, in formal experiments the only people who behaved exactly according to the mathematical models created by game theory are economists themselves, and psychopaths.

And so it is a very interesting series. Highly recommended.… -->

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Cultural change through the prism of movies

It is so strange to see some old movies nowadays. They have all the “wrong” values in them, did you notice? They teach being assertive, bold, funny, arrogant and non-compliant. That is totally not what we see these days, now it is all either fancy fantasy stories, or all sex and “regular life”. The movies nowadays do not give up on the principles and values, who would watch them then? But instead they place them in such stories that you cannot really associate with them. And the values you can associate with are totally different – being soft and understanding, suffering for your country or your family and so on.

If we accept the premise that all movies are a channel for brainwashing the population, just like every other public communication channel, we would have to ask ourselves the question “Why?” Why is all so different? Why is the change of the values propagated to the population? What are we being prepared for if we need to follow these patterns of behavior? Can you answer?… -->

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