31 October 2012

How to create an alternate reality

1) Find actors who're willing to play the Good Guy and the Black Hat respectively.
2) Find an audience desperately searching for a narrative to explain stuff that their previous ideology can't comprehend.

Good directors/showrunners/scriptwriters can keep this going indefinitely, and will be able to get their audience to buy the advertised products (or vote) in order to keep the show going on. The BBC's Adam Curtis explains how it's done in shocking but unsurprising detail.


  1. I believe this is what the folks at the Black Iron Prison call The Two Man Con.

  2. As the folks on my favourite TV show, Leverage, say: you can't con an honest man, in that all cons rely on the greediness of the mark. In this case, greediness is "the yearning for a simpler pretend reality".