Conspiracy Bait: Greenscreens are Everywhere—and Maybe Even Coming to the News

You certainly couldn’t fake a moon landing in 1969, but I suppose that, with contemporary technology, you might almost get away with it today. In the future, will government and corporate officials—and those in our assorted propaganda industries—start using the greenscreen technology below to fake and stage events that they fob off as parts of “real” and ongoing news narratives? It’s not hard to imagine, for example, that, to drive propaganda memes, staged “man on the street” reactions to events might one day, in fact, go on indoors with actors before greenscreens. And maybe you couldn’t make a virtual March on Washington and get away with it, but you might at least add people to crowds. Perhaps Fox “News” producers already use this technology for Tea Party events. Would you put it past them? And how would we ever find out? Don’t you know that right now, as we speak, there is a propaganda team at Fox discussing what narrative arc and repetitive phrases to drive on television tomorrow for, say, the health care debate or Barack Obama’s presidency? We really do live in an increasingly Orwellian world where what’s spontaneous and what’s been thought out and storyboarded in advance are hard to separate out. Greenscreen would just add another layer to the daily camouflage:

About Santi Tafarella

I teach writing and literature at Antelope Valley College in California.
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