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Chapo Interviews Adam Curtis

The World we’re living in now is one where the line between fantasy and reality, politics and entertainment has been erased, and we’re living in a semi-synthetic reality.

Trump’s Election is the only thing that makes sense, really there’s no other thing that could have happened.

Adam Curtis is a British documentary film maker who’s films are fascinating and really fit in with the Chapo vision of the world.


The word hypernormalisation was coined by Alexei Yurchak, a professor of anthropology who was born in Leningrad and later went to teach in the United States. He introduced the word in his book Everything Was Forever, Until It Was No More: The Last Soviet Generation (2006), which describes paradoxes of life in the Soviet Union during the 1970s and 1980s. He says that everyone in the Soviet Union knew the system was failing, but no one could imagine an alternative to the status quo, and politicians and citizens alike were resigned to maintaining the pretense of a functioning society. Over time, this delusion became a self-fulfilling prophecy and the fakeness was accepted by everyone as real, an effect that Yurchak termed hypernormalisation.