HyperNormalisation tells the extraordinary story of how we got to this strange time of great uncertainty and confusion - where those who are supposed to be in power are paralysed - and have no idea what to do. And, where events keep happening that seem inexplicable and out of control - from Donald Trump to Brexit, the War in Syria, the endless migrant crisis, and random bomb attacks. It explains not only why these chaotic events are happening - but also why we, and our politicians, cannot understand them. The film shows that what has happened is that all of us in the West - not just the politicians and the journalists and the experts, but we ourselves - have retreated into a simplified, and often completely fake version of the world. But because it is all around us, we accept it as normal. From BBCiPlayer
They know we know they lie
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The film closes with a montage, played over a Barbara Mandrell performance.
"Don't help me set the table Cause now there's one less place I won't lay mama's silver For a man who won't say grace If home is where the heart is Then your home's on the street Me, I'll read a good book Turn out the lights and go to sleep".
"Standing Room Only" from This Is Barbara Mandrell. See more
This was a new world that the old systems of power found it very difficult to deal with. In the wake of the 9/11 attacks, the security agencies secretly collected data from millions of people online. One program was called optic nerve. It took stills from the webcam conversations of millions of people across the world, trying to spot terrorist planning another attack. The program did not discover a single terrorist, but it did discover something else.
Standing Room Only
Written by Barbara Mandrell
Interpreted by Barbara Mandrell See more