Theatrum Mundi: 911
A drivedrive.com transmission
> Moritz Gaede
"Does the WTC attack feel like a movie? ... Well of course it does! It has been specifically written as a movie script... Having studied for years how Americans react in movie theaters, the game planners have decided we are now ready for movie spectaculars in real life. You are witnessing a cathartic and intense psychological operation. It is designed to alter your perceptions and hence your politics. It's a classic PsyOp. It's a made-for-TV movie with all the cliché blockbuster elements. It has mayhem, evil warlords and subtle hints of a military coup. It has terrorists who wrestle for control of Flight 93 with Die Hard have-a-go Bruce Willis clones." Wag
the WTC - The Blockbuster
9-11-2001 was the ultimate day of reality
television. Like most North Americans, I didn't just watch the World
Trade Center attack on the evening news; I spent the entire day glued
to the idiot box in shock and awe, flipping between CNN and other news
channels bringing live coverage from ground zero. The images were
breathtaking, like something out of a major Hollywood blockbuster, only
you didn't have to suspend your disbelief: this was news.
For the first few hours, the anchorpeople
seemed stunned by the magnitude of the event. There were long pauses as
information gradually came through from government sources: hijackers,
terrorists, Arabs, al Qaida. Practically within hours, public opinion
shifted massively from recently growing criticism of Sharon's Israel,
to a fierce anti-Arab patriotism.
Since then, the major English-language news
media have been churning out such concerted propaganda that the
internet as a forum for the exchange of information has become more
valuable than ever. I heard the other day from a friend in NYC that she
is afraid to look for critical information online: the truth is out
there, but Americans are worried they will be electronically monitored.
By now the amount of independent research and
information that points to 9-11 as a charade played out on the stage of
big media news to dramatically influence public opinion is staggering.
There are the seismographic recordings which indicate that 2 larger
explosions occurred before the final collapse of the towers. There are the pools of molten steel observed at sub-basement levels at Ground Zero which explain the efficient collapse of the towers: the structural beams had been melted at temperatures many times higher than what burning jet-fuel could produce. The collapse of the towers was in
fact typical of a controlled demolition rather than a chaotic disaster.
There is the question of how precision bombs
could possibly have been planted in buildings with such high-tech
security systems, and there is Dubya's low-profile younger brother
Marvin. Marvin Bush was a principal in Securacom/Stratasec,
the company that provided security for the WTC, Dulles Intl. Airport
(from where two of the planes took off), and United Airlines. There
is Professor Dewdney's research regarding the faked
cellphone calls from flight 93. There is the mystery
of the missing Jetliner and the unbelievably small hole it made in the
Pentagon's outer wall; a hole much more likely to have been caused by a
small bomb or missile. There is the consistent destruction of
evidence including the fact that the Pentagon lawn was covered over with gravel within
hours - to hide the fact that there was nothing (no plane wreckage) to
Then there is the interesting aspect of major
media collaboration. The American mass media are owned by a handful of
military-industrial and infotainment corporations, who are no strangers
to the oil company that runs things. What makes 9-11 such a brilliant
media art event is the spectacular power of the images that were beamed
around the world that day, and the profound effect they had on the
collective psyche. Anyone who has seen Johan Grimonperez' DIALhistory
video immediately recognizes the photogenic quality of airplane
hijackings, which was brought to a stunning climax with the WTC attack.
What was hijacked that day was terrorism itself: this is terrorism
practiced on our collective imagination by the American government and
the big media.
It can be hard to make the leap out of consensual reality into the paranoid universe of meaning and artifice that such "conspirative" theatre brings. The movement of consciousness required to bring one's thinking around from the commonly accepted to the spectacular is intense and disturbing. To understand a media artwork like 9-11 as the massive piece of theatrical manipulation it is, one needs to accept that the most important art of our time is happening 'outside the frame' - outside of art institutions and, better yet, without any label identifying an artwork. In the theatre of the real, where we live, the most ambitious art of our time is taking place, and its delicate subject is our perceptions. Whatever happens next - even if it leads to impeachment and scapegoating - the show will go on, and most Americans will be watching it on CNN.
To see 9-11 as an isolated event would be to
misunderstand both the nature of the current information war and the
process by which art develops. For every outstanding work of art there
are dozens or hundreds of precedents, ranging from the well-known (e.g.
the 1933 Reichstag fire) to the unnoticed. At certain points the
available know-how is pushed to new limits to serve a particular
intention. The intention in this case was articulated by a
Washington think tank a year before, calling for "a catastrophic and
catalyzing event... like a new Pearl Harbor". The World Trade
Center - an icon of globalization and American prosperity, had stood
like two fingers to the rest of the world. It was the perfect target -
could a Hollywood villain have been so fiendish as to forever alter the
geography of Manhattan, leaving a permanent scar, a grain of sand in
The composer Karlheinz
Stockhausen was the first to call 9-11 an artwork just days after the
event, although in the ensuing public outrage he quickly attempted
to retract his comments. Widespread recognition of 9-11 as a media art
masterpiece is yet to come, and would run counter to the passivity
engendered by the infotainment media. On the internet there is of
course a lively exchange of information, and all one needs to do to
begin tapping it is type a few words into a search engine. However
compared with the massively effective dissemination of propaganda as
top-priority news, all the information available on the web is just a
drop in the bucket.
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