They Live…

Pure entertainment or a bitter pill of truth wrapped in a bright sugar coating?

“If you wanted to open peoples’ minds to mind control and alien manipulation of society, wouldn’t one of the best ways be to introduce the idea through entertainment media? The “other side” is all geared up to slap down conspiracy theorists. But how can they fight ideas introduced through movies and TV shows?”

In 1987, as the US was coming out of the second Reagan recession and the ‘rust belt’ of the US was still in economic shock, John Carpenter was producing a movie that offered an explanation of why the middle class was under attack. The country was splitting apart, creating a permanent underclass and a permanent overclass.

The latter were the despised “yuppies” and the older bosses they aspired to become.

Yuppies behaved in very specific ways and operated in a new Consumer Culture that had never been seen before. They wanted, and bought, the best brand names and sought to know about wines, high-end resorts and surgical procedures that would help keep them apart from — and above — the struggling lower class.

It was a sort of “class war” and it was expressed in bumper stickers like “Die, Yuppie, Die.”

That made for a receptive audience when They Live seemed to explain that the political leaders, socially prominent, corporate management, media personalities and even police were aliens whose true appearance was masked from us by a carrier signal in TV broadcasts. Breaking the control of that signal “unmasked” not only the aliens, but also the subiliminal messages embedded in all advertising — TV to magazines to billboards. All advertising carried the messages: “Consume” “Breed” “Sleep,” etc.
It was an entertaining story, with reassuringly cheesy effects. And in the end… well, if you haven’t seen it, I don’t want to spoil it. Read about it here:

They Live on IMDB

You may want to rent it, because what worked in 1988 works even better today. It raises a question that I think is worthwhile: if you wanted to open peoples’ minds to mind control and alien manipulation of society, wouldn’t one of the best ways be to introduce the idea through entertainment media? The “other side” is all geared up to slap down conspiracy theorists. But how can they fight ideas introduced through movies and TV shows?

In this context, They Live is a movie I think you should tell everyone to see.

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~ by theylive on March 26, 2006.

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