Media Manipulation


Podcast 59: #Vault7 or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Surveillance State

The suspense was killing us. After months of teasing, master hype-builder Julian Assange finally opened his chamber of secrets: Vault 7. Surely this would be an earth-shaking trove of revelations – the final word on alien life, the impending apocalypse, or – at the very least – “crooked Hilary.” Well, the cache was opened, its riches generously shared with the virtual unwashed.

And we all yawned. Why? Have we grown so complacent that privacy is little more than a distant memory, a concept no more relevant to modern life than 8-track tapes or civics lessons? (Is it just me or is “public education” starting to sound like an oxymoron?)


Podcast 58: ZEITGEIST – Secret History of Jesus, 9/11 Mysteries, False Flag Follies

ZEITGEIST (2007) is a phenomenon. It is a meandering, globe-spanning, time-trotting epic of free association and paranoia. Here we have the “real truth” behind Jesus Christ, Pearl Harbor, Viet Nam, 9/11, the military-industrial complex, the banking industry… Pretty much everything.

Join us as we discuss Peter Joseph’s overstuffed opus ZEITGEIST.


Podcast 48: HYPERNORMALISATION

Hypernormalisation is a nearly three-hour epic that leaps from subject to subject in a circuitous journey toward revelation. The film paints a vivid portrait of corporate control and increasing social insularity as it tries to make sense of our modern world’s pervasive anxiety and uncertainty.

In filmmaker Adam Curtis’s world, we are minds in the matrix, doomed to feed the machine with our bodies and souls.



Podcast 46: You ARE Being Watched: CITIZENFOUR

In 2013, Edward Snowden reached out to filmmaker Laura Poitras because of her history of uncompromising documentary filmmaking. He knew she had long been a target of government surveillance and was confident she would not be easily intimidated.

Citizenfour (Snowden’s handle in his secret correspondences with Poitras) places us in a Hong Kong hotel room with Poitras and journalist Glenn Greenwald as the young whistleblower shares knowledge and evidence of illegal mass surveillance by the National Security Agency (NSA).