Hi folks, I've been lurking for a while and thought you'd be interested in the following video:
The Crisis of Civilization is a remix documentary feature film investigating how global crises like ecological disaster, financial meltdown, dwindling oil reserves, terrorism and food shortages are converging symptoms of a single, failed global system.
Almost as bad as End of Suburbia, the one that was calling for the end of the world..well…a few years ago.
The 50's US commercial theme appears to be a bit much as well.
He does have an interesting straw man however, picking the two folks he wants to pretend have been integrated into the thinking of an entire culture.
So far it looks like something similar to Ruppert's Collapse, some talking head assembles a straw man, and then spends the rest of the show battling it. With 50's era commercials and images as a backdrop.
He claims to have an open mind! <snicker snicker> Don't all true believers?
How old is this thing? It thinks Hansen has much credibility and is still at NASA, which would seem to be water under the bridge based on how badly his prognostications have gone over the years.
Apparently the guy hasn't read Kobashi (2011) because he doesn't appear to get what constitutes "anomalous". More reading of science papers and past ice core data might come in handy!
It is funny that he blames 50's subliminal messages on the reaction to climate change, pretty funny that one. The only one pimping 50's commercials that I've seen in the past 50 years has been HIM.
Yeah, the gag commercials are really putting a bad spin on the narrative. Apparently if you can't make your point well, you distract with mainstream media stuff? OLD mainstream media stuff?
Like his idea about ignoring both sides of the political spectrum, first thing he has said yet that makes sense (15 minutes in).
Now comes the fossil fuel addictions! This should be good (17 minutes in).
Peak oil!! The end of cheap oil is close! (15 years after Colin claimed it if you had read Campbell's work). Duh.
The guy apparently doesn't know about Hubbert's 1950 US peak oil production call…oops…yet another who can't take the time to learn the history on the topic…focusing only on the pieces that he needs to make the narrative for yet more silly 50's commercials and music. STOP already, hard to take you seriously if this is all you can come up with.
He has done a survey! Says we peaked in 2005! Halfwit. Now I've got to find the vintage on this thing, because it can't be that recent, otherwise his pseudo intellectual veneer couldn't be maintained without snickering even from his commercials. Also says oil hasn't declined before….again…halfwit….it declined starting in 1979 and took nearly 15 years to get back to that rate.
He had better demonstrate actual knowledge here pretty soon or I won't be going much further as the ignorance becomes more evident.
EROEI at 22 minutes in. Strike #2 on the "how little you know" checklist.
He apparently has missed the tight oil as well, in his dismissal of the millions of barrels coming from tar sands and whatnot. Oops.
Yeah, this is a bust. A veneer of pseudo intellectualism with the studious appearing moderator who doesn't know squat, strictly amateurish, with a focus on 50's commercials and cartoons, the cartoons matching the intellectual quality of the narration.
Works better as an advertising vehicle for the 50's lifestyle just because seeing the old commercials is interesting, but not even the hint of anything other than battling the assembled straw man.
Certainly not even up to the standards of The End of Suburbia, which at least tried to throw some "experts" at the topic, rather than 1950's American television.
Sorry Short, all I can say is that if you fell for this, I recommend finishing grade school and when you have, some of us can recommend some real work on this topic, involving fewer cartoons and commercials, after you've figured out now to add and think and whatnot.
Made it to 34 minutes though, but I am now dumber for having watched it. Thanks for that.