The Truman Show is a (1998)satirical science fiction film, starring actor Jim Carrey playing characterTruman Burbank. “The film depicts a series of fateful events, a phoney town,full of actors and fake lives; enclosed in a giant dome there are high-techsimulations that enforce a nonstop telethon of ‘reality’. Transparencynow.
com.Online The premise of thefilm is how man involuntarily carries out a life within this dystopian world,unaware that his entire life is a reality show that is broadcasted 24/7, Trumanslowly begins to unravel the horrible truth. As the rest of humanity watch himgo from “one staged situation into another, the audience enjoy a little pathosand vicarious emotion”, Transparencynow.
com of a character who is to delusional tochallenge the mass world of media-politics. cultural theorist Guy Debord states ‘The Societyof the Spectacle’, “traces the development of a modern society through acollection of thesis, that discuss the authentic social life that has beenreplaced with its representation of the spectacle”. (Debord 1967). Thesis 6 ofthe book mentions that ‘understood in its totality, the spectacle is both theoutcome and the goal of the dominant mode of production. It is not somethingadded to the real world. On the contrary it is the very heart of society’s realunreality” (Debord 1967).
Thus, does the movie offer us a metaphor for ownsituation. Especially today, where Hollywood filmmaking has provided us withcommentary on reality and free will, it’s a common part of the everyday now tobe paranoid about having this fear of being watched by the government on ourdigital devices. The manufactured world set up by the media, Truman Is situatedin is merely imitates our own media landscape that is formed of news, politics,advertising and public affairs all things we watch to be entertained and awareof the everyday.
“In all its specific manifestations – news or propaganda,advertising or the actual consumption of entertainment- the spectacle epitomizesthe prevailing model of social life” – (Debord 1967). Debords theory and themoral of the movie, routinely take towards media. In one aspect, we areabsorbed by it; and we accept the rendition of reality as we are occupied byits view (the view in which the media impose). The media have fabricated our attitudes, wefrequently experience this ‘real unreality’ (ref) through reading news storiesand watching television, movies break down from this illusion we mist however,set ourselves away from this media landscape ‘prevailing us from social’affairs’ (Debord 1967).
It is apparentthe movie is of course a form of media depicting a “pseudo norm” (Debord 1967) ofreality, yet we are consumed by its own take on the meaning of things. Themovie mass communicates the exploitation of what the media is capable of andits willingness to parade as well as victimise, humans just for newsworthyevents for a