There’s a fascinating new long read What the Fluck just posted by Adam Curtis.
Every month or so there is a new scandal - mass snooping by the NSA, allegations of price-fixing by giant energy companies, major banks corruptly rigging interest rates, giant modern bureaucracies like Serco and G4S ripping off the taxpayer, children’s entertainers from the past charged with sexual abuse.
But these stories never seem to add up to a bigger picture. They are isolated events . And our reaction is always the same - shock and horror, and then it all subsides and we are ready to be shocked and horrified when the next scandal comes along.
It’s like a ritualised dance - or the surprised kitty.
I’m only halfway through, but it’s awesome in the typical Adam Curtis way. A fantastic sprawling interconnected weird hot mess of a story. Always wanted to call something a hot mess.
Commit to reading it on your computer so you can watch the videos.