Cognitive (Not) Dissonance

Greenwald uncovers a National Review post listing the top 25 conservative movies. Number 22? Terry Gilliam’s Brazil. No shit. Consistency, to say nothing of irony, is so often utterly void with these people, that one must question if it is simply not part of a personality drawn to conservative ideology or if said characteristics are aggressively shunned and rejected. Greenwald quotes directly the article:

Terry Gilliam’s Brazil portrays a darkly comic dystopia of malfunctioning high-tech equipment and the dreary living conditions common to all totalitarian regimes. Everything in the society is built to serve government plans rather than people.

The film is visually arresting and inventive, with especially evocative use of shots that put the audience in a subservient position, just like the people in the film. Terrorist bombings, national-security scares, universal police surveillance, bureaucratic arrogance, a callous elite, perversion of science, and government use of torture evoke the worst aspects of the modern megastate


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