This article was written by Brandon Smith
I don’t write much about the entertainment industry because, frankly, I see it as mostly irrelevant to the bigger picture. Geopolitics and economics are the great driving force in our society, and the elitist groups that influence these elements should be our primary focus. That said, I have to admit that pop culture is a pervasive element of American public psychology, or at least it was until recently, and for decades the masters of pop culture all resided in Hollywood.
I have been a film buff for at least 20 years and I understand the business; I was even a screenwriter at one point and obtained an agent, but after dealing with the slimy behavior of some of the Hollywood ilk I was immediately disenchanted and decided to walk away. What I realized at the time was that the entertainment world is designed for a very specific purpose: To steal the energies of talented people and exploit those energies to achieve the most meaningless or manipulative endeavors.
The people that manage and own production and distribution companies are for the most part talent-less; like most narcopaths they have no capacity to be creative. So, they must feed on the intelligence and imagination of normal people in order to fuel their business. If it stopped there, then maybe the system would actually work and there could be some symbiosis. Many artistic people don’t handle business very well, so someone has to.
But, production creatures want more than money, they also want to micromanage the message of every film, TV show, video game and product that is released. They want to inject their own ideologies into every property. They do this because, as narcopaths, they desperately want to feel creative power even if it means hijacking the projects of others. They also do it because they have an agenda to influence society to accept or reject certain ideas; they want to mold the politics and values of the public.
Hollywood is ultimately about narrative control, not free expression. If you have a unique message or an interesting story to tell, they are going to twist it into something else, something that feels a lot like every other story that gets produced. Writers and directors with vision are either filtered out of the system or they are forced to conform to the propaganda model in order to get work. In the end, the people who get the most work and make it to the top are the people with no principles or morals; the people that will do anything to succeed.
Success and artistry are not necessarily mutually exclusive concepts. On the other hand, free expression and artistry are mutually inclusive – You cannot have one without the other.
If you have been noticing a severe decline in the quality of American entertainment over the course of the past decade, you are not the only one. 70% of Americans say they would rather stay home and watch movies instead of paying to go to theaters, even if theaters reopen. Industry spin doctors will claim that the drop in interest is due solely to the coronavirus, but this is a lie. Domestic movie attendance hit a 25 year low in 2017, and this is part of a long term slide which was building for years beforehand.
It’s important to note that when I talk about “Hollywood” I’m including the internet streaming services, which are completely intertwined with the Hollywood machine. While streaming services have been growing (to a point) because of the pandemic lockdowns, the subscription jump is an anomaly compared to the past few years. Netflix in particular was on a severe slide in subscriptions before the pandemic hit, and with the “Cuties” child pornography debacle it will be interesting to see how many subscribers jumped ship in the final quarter of 2020.
Another interesting development among streaming services is that the most popular content is in most cases OLD content. Shows and movies from 10 to 20 years ago draw the most views by far. New content consistently fails, and this is happening among all demographics from Gen Z to Baby Boomers. This says a lot about modern Hollywood’s decline.
The point is, Hollywood was crashing well before the pandemic and the reason is clearly related to the change in priorities from making money and making consumers happy to making value statements regardless of logic or practicality. There is a massive evolution going on, and the public is growing tired of the controlled pop culture paradigm as well as the intrusive zealotry of new hyper-political messaging.
Most people are not stupid; maybe slow to catch on to certain things, but not stupid. They recognize when they are being bombarded with propaganda, and they don’t like it when the balance of storytelling and entertainment shifts too far in either direction, left or right.
Imagine if all movies, television, music, comics, etc. went full-bore evangelical Christian or Sharia Muslim and nothing else was allowed to be made? Well, that is what is happening with the leftist cult religion of social justice right now; they have attempted to suffocate all other points of view and it is alienating millions of people that prefer to see multiple points of view represented, as well as people that just want to be entertained rather than preached to.
Telling a story is actually easy as long as you follow certain rules.
Rule #1: Don’t talk down to your audience.
Rule #2: Don’t tell your audience how they should think or feel.
Rule #3: Tap into archetypes that people relate to.
Rule #4: Write characters that audiences can feel sympathy for.
Rule # 5: Audiences will not feel sympathy for narcopathic characters.
Rule #6: Your characters MUST have a story arc, even if they end up right back where they started.
Rule #7: Most stories have a message, but not all messages matter to most audiences.
Rule #8: People do not need to see themselves in a story in order to relate to a story.
Rule #9: Stories made by committee will usually fail, or they are quickly forgotten.
Rule #10: A superior storyteller is able to meet audience expectations while at the same time surprising them. “Subverting expectations” is a method for weak minded and lazy storytellers.
The current crop of people in Hollywood and the entertainment industry in general are completely incapable of following any of the rules above. Why? Because they don’t care anymore about telling good stories that inspire or entertain the public. They don’t even really care about the public and their money. In fact, they often show disdain and hatred for the public. The only thing they care about is force feeding their ideology to the public whether the public likes it or not.
Hollywood is no longer a business. They are no longer concerned with making a profit. They do not care if the public is repelled by their content. Everything is changing. Hollywood is becoming what I suspect it was always meant to be: An Orwellian bullhorn blaring in the ears of the people 24/7.
When I look at Hollywood and the media today, I am consistently reminded of the loudspeakers in the cities and towns of communist North Korea, which fill the streets with propaganda songs and messages until it becomes an insidious background hum in the minds of every citizen. There are even some places in NK where propaganda radios are installed by the government in every home, and people cannot shut them off.
Some critics argue that Hollywood is attempting to influence the public to think just like they do (to join the social justice cult), and this is partially true, but the reality is that this is about narrative saturation rather than pure thought control. They know that many people will not be influenced by them, and they don’t care. They are removing all alternative viewpoints from people’s daily lives because they want to torture anyone who disagrees with them. They seem to take joy in this.
Many North Korean citizens HATE the street speakers and the constant propaganda, but the job of propaganda is not always to convince everyone or control their thoughts, it is sometimes meant to send a message: “You will get nothing else; we are here to make you miserable and there is nothing you can do about it. The only way to stop the misery is to give in and submit.”
To summarize, If they can’t brainwash you, they are perfectly content to remove all happiness from your life by ensuring you never see anything inspiring ever again. The message is absolute, and like a black hole it absorbs and destroys everything else around it. Think of it like the Spanish Inquisition of the Dark Ages, but with a technological edge.
Obviously, this is leading to people abandoning all new entertainment in droves. Propaganda films with blockbuster budgets are crashing and sales are dismal. Classic franchises like Star Wars, Star Trek, Ghostbusters, etc are being abandoned by audiences. Disney’s Mulan remake, filled with social justice and Chinese communist agitprop, was a complete and utter disaster. Numerous studios are now facing huge profit shortfalls and layoffs, and Covid is only partly to blame.
Netflix’s “Cuties”, a love letter to pedophilia posing as a “commentary” on the sexualization of children, is now under investigation and indictment and Netflix lost vast numbers of subscribers in protest. And for good reason, the film features 11 year old girls acting out overtly sexual scenes including nudity and feigned masturbation all with creepy hovering camerawork (Note to Netflix: Child porn is NOT a 1st Amendment right).
Basically every production that carries a hard leftist message is failing. The saying “Get Woke, Go Broke” is popular for a reason. The hills that Hollywood and their streaming partners are choosing to die on might seem bizarre to most people.
But again, the Hollywood elites don’t care anymore. You want to know why they are doubling and tripling down on a garbage fire like “Cuties”? As mentioned, it’s about saturating the environment until there is nothing else while also sending a message that “there’s nothing you can do about it”. I think this says something about our immediate future.
Why is Hollywood now scorning any profit incentive? Are the elites that run Hollywood privy to some kind of information that makes them confident in their decision to undermine and alienate the majority of their consumers? I mean, eventually these companies are going to go bankrupt if they continue on this path. Is it possible they understand that the system in general is on the verge of collapse anyway and they have decided to go out in a blaze of glory, like a suicide bomber?
It’s hard to say, but I question the state of storytelling in our culture for the foreseeable future. Alternative production and distribution is easily accomplished in the digital age. Hollywood is completely unnecessary and Americans are starting to realize this. However, I wonder if alternatives will be allowed to exist, or will they be attacked and shut down in the name of the “new normal”?
If we are following a traditional communist model, then the goal will be to continue to eradicate choice until the only options left are those that are granted to us by centralized committee. My suspicion is that economic crisis along with corporate monopoly will be used to this end. Our only option at that point will be to avoid consuming anything they are selling. But of course it’s also possible that one day you will have a TV installed in your home that you can never shut off, playing movies like Cuties nonstop until it becomes an ingrained background noise in your brain.
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One of the best articles I have ever read. And that has been a LOT of articles read.
Good riddance to inane movies! But I have to disagree with the article on one point. What is produced is not genuine “left” at all, which is not authoritarian dictatorship mentality, but breaking with corporate rule and the suffocating culture it promotes. Yes! to freedom of expression and the values expressed in the Bill of Rights! Genuine Left and Right in partnership to end “One empire, under surveillance, with deceit and oppression for all.”
There is no “genuine left”. What you are describing is classical liberals, which are essentially libertarians, though they often refuse to admit it because of the stigma attached to libertarianism by the communists. Almost the entirety of what we call “the left” today is socialist/communist and the far left have ALWAYS been authoritarians.
Why is Hollywood now scorning any profit incentive? Are the elites that run “Hollywood privy to some kind of information that makes them confident in their decision to undermine and alienate the majority of their consumers? I mean, eventually these companies are going to go bankrupt if they continue on this path. Is it possible they understand that the system in general is on the verge of collapse anyway and they have decided to go out in a blaze of glory, like a suicide bomber?”
I was saying this, almost verbatim, to my friend last night. What do THEY know that we don’t? What inside information do THEY have about the future? THEY (politicians, professional sports, movies, media, music, universities) are all committing commercial suicide right before our eyes. Surely, THEY must know that the end is near. Not for THEM (or so THEY foolishly think) but for us, with THEM rising like the Phoenix THEY are from the ashes of THEIR own destruction. That is THEIR only true creativity—the art of destruction.
Hollywood movies are from the demonic realm. Fallen Angels pull the strings of script writers, actors, and get a huge charge out of watching the finished products much as humans do. These fallen ones are fully aware of the conditioning and poisoning of minds that they direct and how 99% of the viewers don’t know that they are actually the ones making movies. They put a lot of things in the movies to make it clear that they are the authors of Hollywood movies. When I say a lot of things, this is an understatement. They drench the movies in insider jokes and sleights of hand for their own amusement. The demonic realm knows that we are in the birthing pains and that soon starts the tribulation. The tribulation is termed by non-believers as “the global reset” and is complete with a false narrative that lines up well with the anti-christ savior. The answer for these things coming upon man is to trust Jesus. Believe in Him. Be saved. He died on the cross and rose again to pay in full the penalty for your and my sins. Salvation is found in no one else but Jesus. This is the best free gift ever. Don’t wait. Tomorrow is not promised to any man. Today is the day of salvation. Jesus brings transformation and newness of life. Jesus says those who believe in him shall have living rivers of water flowing from their stomach. This is life more abundantly.
Yup, definately. Hollywood is dead.
I suspect that Hollywood is financed by payments of cash from the United States Federal Reserve so that it can produce its propaganda, which is why it doesn’t need to worry about its movies making a profit.
Brandon said: “people that just want to be entertained rather than preached to”.
Yup, we even see a little preaching from sports analysts or even players. We as consumers watch to be entertained…nothing more. Keep your preaching for your narcopath offspring.
BTW, I’m not a writer, but I agree with your 10 simple rules for writing good stories…with one tiny exception…”It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia” broke rule #5, but I believe they were able to get away with it because they were making fun of the characters (and showing them all very deranged in their own ways) instead of holding them up as heroes.
Also, you said, “they want to torture anyone who disagrees with them. They seem to take joy in this”, and I see this happening right now with the masks. They feel the power and control for those who willingly and happily wear them , and they feel even more power and joy from those who begrudgingly wear the masks in order to just simply shop for food. That’s how evil and narcopathic they are. But to that I say, “F” them. I used to get super pissed, but now I won’t give them that satisfaction of letting it piss me off, and I’ll wear a smile on my face to the very end.
Last point, I’ve wondered over the past several years if free online adult porn is the same where it’s not meant to run a profit, but instead just meant to saturate with perverse sexual acts and scenarios with the single goal of destroying the family unit and morals.
Anyway, another great article.
Hollywood Is Dying, And The Elites Don’t Care…THEY HAVE SERVED THEIR PURPOSE WELL…..ONLY TO EXPERIENCE THE ABANDONMENT BY THE PRINCE OF DARKNESS, NOW THAT HE’S THROUGH WITH THEM!
So it goes……
Let me summarize the above , word article: Hollywood is done…it’s over.
I hope it is over and done forever. I watch old movies online with meaning and class form the 40’s and 50’s some more recent westerns, that was real acting (drama, crime solving, etc). Hall mark is trashed w/ molvies now with gays LGBT . I am thru w/ them.
Look at the debt. Its at about 27 Trillion now. They don’t need our business anymore because they are already filthy rich and now get their funding from the government or our tax dollars. Of course there are others that fund them like Soros and other elitist billionaires. The filth and propaganda they peddle is very valuable to TPTB. Mystery solved.
@Blather, I wish I could downvote you as a person and not just your response…I never liked trolls.
Speaking of which, Brandon, how about adding up and down voting so we can mark a troll when we see one?
Where the narrative is created and pedophiles are accepted as par for the course! Just another part of the matrix to be exterminated.
Nobody believes politics are going well either. Every aspect of our society is rapidly breaking down so really it’s just a matter of picking your poison.
We see a similar thing in professional sports. The players want to be SJWs and don’t care that their cause (mostly incessant demonization of whites) doesn’t play to their audience. The money they take in has fallen dramatically but their politicizing and propagandizing seems to be spreading and increasing.
Spot on! I am in this business, and have been sidelined since Obama. Hollywood is a country within a country, a parasite living off the back of America.
As for shutting out people, the unions are implementing new COVID regulations that will kill independent production forever. The new COVID regs is a killer for small independents, and it appears to be designed that way.
Also, big online distributors have closed their shops. Distribution windows are closing fast. Amazon will soon phase out all indie films on Prime. Indie producers have to “pay to get in” already. Most earn little to nothing while the studio elites get their lucrative licensing deals upfront, regardless if they fail (like Quibi).
We must let Hollywood and its ilk go bankrupt. That alone will make it 1000x easier to Make America Great Again. Just imagine America without these Hollywood communists running it all?
Regular people can rebuild the film/Tv industry from scratch without any help from communists or anti-American elitists.
I used to always say; “you can’t make America Great Again until you fix Hollywood.” I was right.
I also used to say: “If the airline industry were run like Hollywood, planes would be falling from the sky”. (and now I submit to you the 737-Max)
There has been a huge move, especially in the last decade, towards K drama (Korean Drama) and Chinese Drama, anime (Japanese cartoons) and away from boring American shows. This probably has a lot to do with free online streaming and subtitles in many different languages. It is very popular in South America, Asia, South Pacific and the Middle East. The Asian quality is a lot higher than the American shows.
Terrific piece Brandon!
You can compare the shows and movies from the 60s and 70s to today’s and the difference is like night and day. Today’s shows and movies have no redeeming value and seem to go out of their way to numb us to the most vile behavior. More and more I am disappointed to see my favorite actors take disgusting roles just to make a buck. Disney is probably the easiest to see this trend in. The discussion of why this is so lies outside the Overton window.
It became apparent a while ago that hollywood and the cia have some shared agenda space as well as the MIC and friends. Predictive programming can be seen easilly in recent history. I found myself unable to watch it as it became more apparent. Hunter and Watchmen on HBO are particularly good examples. They are agenda laden and the narratives were occurring almost simultaneously in the “real world”. There is no doubt that certain narratives are being promoted and rammed down peoples throats. Another phenomenon is “the sanitized version”. Shoot the Messenger, 13 hours, Zero Dark Thirty, and the like are all designed to elclipse any historical assembly of events in the mind of the consumers. Sure they are not marketed as truthy-facts but it doesn’t matter because the average screen-ager will be subconsciously swayed and the media production will suppplant anything else they may have seen or read.
I worked in motion pictures (not in production) for 7 years and observed a few things. It became apparent to me that feature films were being used a vehicle to park large sums of money in rather than being taxed. Even if a profit was not turned many dollars of potential taxation could be avoided. This might explain why there was a herd of investors despite no real guarantee of “success”.
It certainly makes sense that obliterating all content that does not serve the agenda is “option B”, adding to the sense of hopelessness and disenfranchisement. Quite an amazing quality the mass media has: the ability to allow a small minority to overwhelm the majority with message and signal noise.
Excellent summary of the situation. For Western media quality to improve it needs to get away from the current ownership and be more localized. But, the opportunities for professional artists are being stifled–the owners, like media counterparts in the USSR, do whatever they can to kill audience-approved art distribution.
Disney, before the virus, was stopping the exhibition of old FOX movies that were popular in revival cinemas. Speculation on why they did this when they were making money from it was centered on the assumption they wanted the screens free for their own films–but this now appears false. They did it because they knew theaters were going to be going extinct and/or they did not like the lack of narrative control in those films and/or they do take joy in torturing audiences with a lack of choice.
I hope it changes–we should not be looking to Asia for our primary cultural entertainment.
“Is it possible they understand that the system in general is on the verge of collapse anyway and they have decided to go out in a blaze of glory, like a suicide bomber?“
Brandon, I think you’re on to something, but be glad to know that their time is short.
“Therefore rejoice, ye heavens, and ye that dwell in them. Woe to the inhabiters of the earth and of the sea! for the devil is come down unto you, having great wrath, because he knoweth that he hath but a short time.“ – Revelations 12:12
That time may be at hand.
The number one agent in Hollywood quit a year or two ago. He couldn’t take the Gay Mafia.
By far, one of the best articles I read in many years. This article, for me, is the light at the end of a very long tunnel. Years ago, I started noticing unnecessary side story arcs in well cast movies pushing a feminist agenda and no one was talking about it. It took away from the movie and left me with many questions. You have answered many of them today. For that I thank you.
There is a producer out of Texas named Dallas Sonnier who is making movies that this site’s readership would likely admire. Bone Tomahawk, Brawl in Cell Block 99, Dragged Across Concrete, The Standoff at Sparrow Creek, and VFW. And his next one is called Run Hide Fight. Keep an eye on this guy.
I enjoyed Bone Tomahawk and VFW. Haven’t seen the others you listed. I’ll be sure to check them out. I also like Taylor Sheridan, the guy who wrote Sicario, Wind River and Hell Or High Water – one of the only writers out there in the film world right now that tells masculine stories without SJW propaganda mixed in.
I just watched Dragged Across Concrete…do recommend.
Hollywood has BEEN dying for many years, so true, and the same could be said for the music industry, right? Most of the great “classic” artists seem to have had uncannily consistently close ties to the CIA and MKUltra but at least the music was good, right? Who cares if it was all rotten behind the scenes, even then.. just like Hollywood… at least what got presented to us had a certain level of the illusion people WANTED to see/hear to it. But today it’s like they don’t even bother with the illusion WE enjoy as much as what they choose to feed us. And what they choose to feed us is mostly crap. Most creativity and innovation is completely stifled… sure you can still seek out and find real artists out there but as far as actual really good musicians who are “famous?” The list is pretty short these days. We mostly hear what they want us to hear. Almost makes me long for the MKUltra days of old when at least they gave us good drugs and Jimi Hendrix.
Hollywood has been pumping out garbage for years now. I can’t remember the last time I went to a movie theatre to see a movie and left feeling well satisfied with what I saw. In fact, the few movies I saw at a theatre before the pandemic hit were utterly forgettable. It doesn’t help that a lot of movies are dumbed-down and utterly stupid.
And don’t get me started on the constant virtue signalling and social justice memes Hollywood keeps blasting at us. I have the feeling that Hollywood jumped on the social justice bandwagon because they knew they were pumping out crap and needed a way to try to stay relevant before everything fell apart.
The content on Netflix hasn’t been much better, although once in a while they come out with crackerjack shows like Ozark.
I watched closely, 6 or 7 years ago, as AMC Theatres was sold to the Chinese. I asked an executive there if he thought the theatre business was in terminal decline and that’s why it was sold. OK…so tact is not my forte. But it was obvious to me they were unloading a dying whale on the PLA–who simply wanted an asset in the US propaganda industry.
But to answer the question why is Hollywood willing to go bankrupt? They’re not. Their relatives in Washington, New York, City of London and Basil can print all the money in the world.
They have reached the stage in their revolution that they don’t have to mind the accounting anymore. And they HATE the American people. Have ALWAYS hated the American people. So they are going to punish us by making us listen to their insults. This stage of THE COUP is now focused on silencing all competing narratives.
This end phase of the Hollywood creature is not the last word in Cinema. First, the great moments in the good films we all have seen and admired will live on. Second, despite this grim denouement, there might yet be a great renewal in the future.
These two videos talk about how the World Economic Forum and other global elites are trying to use covid to fast track the Green New Deal.
This is really crazy stuff.
This week, Sky News Australia contributor and former Australian Senator Cory Bernardi, tore open the debate on COVID after calling out a globalist agenda which few in mainstream media have dared to mention so far.
The Great Reset: Unelected ‘World Leaders’ Use COVID to Launch ‘Sinister’ Climate Agenda
The comic book industry has also been taking it in the chin ever since they became “woke” years ago, especially with super hero comics. One particular trend I’ve been noticing of late is this notion of deconstructing the idea of superheroes and heroes altogether. Instead of being paragons of virtue they’re either leftist Chick Track mouthpieces, amoral sociopaths or outright villains in all but name; just look at Captain Marvel. And they try to make the reader sympathize and identify with the villains. They even go so far as to say that villains were interesting and nuanced while heroes were boring and one-dimensional.
I can’t help but think that they hate the very idea of the super hero.
There’s also this disturbing trend of making traditionally beautiful female characters ugly, whether by making them look like men, make them overweight, omitting feminine features like busts or wide hips giving them grotesque features, giving them a very toxic personality or just making them unappealing to look at through the artwork.
And then there’s the reboots of classical properties like Filmations She-Ra and turning them into basically fanfics with a $1,000,00 budget stuffed to the gills with social justice and LGBTQ propaganda. And I find it a bit disturbing that this stuff is being aimed at children. And in some cases the reboot goes out of its way to insult the original properties and the fans of said properties.
Fortunately there are plenty of independent creators out there putting out stuff that’s way better than a lot of the crap you see on the mainstream.
Great article. Finally someone says it. I thought I was the only one. Truth is the enemy now.
I think the plan is as follows:
– Kill the economy once and for all via Covid lockdowns
– Increase the Covid numbers to all time highs by using false PCR test positives and other means
– Enforce mandatory injections that once taken, wipe your debt and give you basic income via their new digital dollar system (banking for all act) and allow you to continu travelling, working and live your life. Those that refuse will be eternally locked up in house arrest or fema like camps, for the safety of all other vaccinated people of course.
– Those that do take the injections will need to renew their injections every x months to keep their vaccination pasport valid. Most will be so desperately broke or brainwashed that they gladly volunteer.
– The injections will ultimately have a chip in them, see Bill gates and his WO2020060606 patent, and the renewals of injections are updates to the operating system injected in your body
– By means of your operating system will they control where you go, what you think, what you are allowed to do, and allowed to own.
Given this agenda, they do not care anymore if their front companies go down or not. They will soon have you either chipped, or locked up.
The entailment industry would better identified as the indoctrination sick de-morality industry.
If it were not for a family member being housebound due to illness I would get rid of my television and would not waste money on trash.