total surveillance

(M)odern fame seems particularly centred on the politics of dissolution. Not only are much of the mass and narrowcast media geared up to attacking the famous, but the famous seem increasingly unable to deal with the amount of (hostile) exposure they get. The intensity of the glare and the totalized nature of the surveillance that they are put and put themselves under creates a vision regime that leaves little if any space for them to be offscreen, out of print, switched off. The famous are caught in the collapse of the public/private and are often forced to be continually in role, in performance, as media beings. So much so, perhaps, that they exist literally only in and through media representation: as made-up beings, with no ‘consciousness’ beyond that… The adoring, obsessive fans play their part in this dissolution of the famous: they live their lives in and through the stars and celebrities they come to worship. They put them under a panopticon of fame which itself can extend into the realms of the psychotic. Obsessive fans blur and confuse the real and the fictional so that the star or celebrity is imagined to respond to, or get in the way of, their wishes and desires.
—  Intimate Fame Everywhere - Sean Redmond
Masterpost: Political TV-Series (drama and comedy)

I’ve finally managed to make a list of political TV-series (drama and comedy).

Of course I haven´t seen all of them, so I don´t know if all of them are good.

The shows are divided by country (UK, USA, Australia, Canada and non-English-speaking countries). Furthermore, they are in chronological order; starting with the oldest one and ending with the newest one.

UK:

Yes Minister + Yes, Prime Minister (1980-1988; satirical political sitcom); Starring: Paul Eddington, Nigel Hawthorne, Derek Fowlds (follows the career of a British politician)

The New Statesman (1987-1994) Starring: Rik Mayall, Marsha Fitzalan, Michael Troughton (a parody of the Conservative government of that period)

A Very British Coup (1988, four-part miniseries) Starring: Ray McAnally, Alan MacNaughtan, Keith Allen, Geoffrey Beevers, Marjorie Yates (about a far-left Labour politician who becomes Prime Minister)

House of Cards (UK-Version) (1990; political thriller) Starring: Ian Richardson, Susannah Harker, David Lyon, Diane Fletcher (about an MP who wants to become Prime Minister) Sequels: To Play the King, The Final Cut

GBH (1991, political drama) Starring: Robert Lindsay, Michael Palin, Lindsay Duncan, Julie Walters (about a feud between a far-left Labour politician and a school headmaster)

The Politician´s Wife (1995; political drama); Starring: Trevor Eve, Juliet Stevenson, Minnie Driver (when a UK minister becomes embroiled in a tabloid scandal, his wife becomes the centre of media attention)

Our Friends in the North (1996, drama) Starring: Christopher Eccleston, Gina McKee, Daniel Craig, Mark Strong (about four friends from Newcastle, with many references to political and social events over a period of 31 years)

Spooks, sometimes also called MI-5 (2002-2011; spy drama series) Starring: Peter Firth, Matthew Macfadyen, Rupert Penry-Jones, Hermione Norris, Richard Armitage (follows the lives and the missions of several MI-5 agents, gives quite a good overview about the security problems Britain had to deal with in the years after 9/11) + Spooks- The Greater Good (2015) Starring: Kit Harrington, Jennifer Ehle, Peter Firth

State of Play (2003, six-part political thriller); Starring: David Morrissey, John Simm, Bill Nighy, Polly Walker, James McAvoy, Marc Warren, Philip Glennister (tells the story of a newspaper´s investigation into the death of a young woman who was employed by an MP)

The Thick of It + In the Loop [Movie] (2005-2012, comedy/satire tv-series); Starring: Peter Capaldi, Chris Langham, Rebecca Front, Roger Allam, Chris Addison, Joanna Scanlan (about the conflicts between various members of the UK-government)

The Amazing Mrs Pritchard (2006, political drama) Starring: Jane Horrocks, Steven Mackintosh, Jodhi May (about a woman with no political experience who becomes Prime Minister)

The State Within (2006, a six-hour political drama serial); Starring: Jason Isaacs, Ben Daniels, Sharon Gless, Nigel Bennett (about a British Ambassador to Washington who finds himself at the centre of an international political conspiracy)

Party Animals (2007, political drama series) Starring: Patrick Baladi, Andrew Buchan, Matt Smith, Raquel Cassidy (tells the story of different people involved with the UK Parliament, including researchers, lobbyists and MPs)

The Last Enemy (2008, science fiction thriller); Starring: Benedict Cumberbatch, Anamaria Marinca, Max Beesley, Robert Carlyle (set in the near future, deals with topics such as total surveillance and tells the story of a mathematical genius who accidently comes across a political cover-up)

Secret State (2012, four-part political thriller); Starring: Gabriel Byrne, Charles Dance, Douglas Hodge (when the plane of the British Prime Minister crashes under mysterious circumstances, the Deputy Prime Minister has to take command and uncovers a conspiracy at the heart of the political system)

The Politician´s Husband (2013, 3 episode-miniseries); Starring: Emily Watson, David Tennant (A woman replaces her husband in Cabinet after he resigns)

The Honourable Woman (2014, political spy thriller about the Middle East); Starring: Maggie Gyllenhall, Philip Arditti, Andrew Buchan

The Night Manager (2015, six-part miniseries) Starring: Tom Hiddleston, Hugh Laurie, Olivia Colman, Elizabeth Debicki, Tom Hollander (based on the novel by John le Carré, spy thriller about a former British soldier who infiltrates the inner circle of an international arms dealer)

Bonus: TV-Series about British history

Downton Abbey (2010-2015; period drama) Starring: Hugh Bonneville, Jessica Brown Findlay, Samantha Bond, Laura Carmichael, Jim Carter, Dan Stevens, Maggie Smith (about a fictional aristocratic family and their servants who live through important historical and political events, like WWI, the sinking of the Titanic, the Irish War of Independence, the Teapot Dome scandal, the general election of 1923, etc.)

Indian Summers (2015-2016; period drama) Starring: Henry Lloyd-Hughes, Nikesh Patel, Julie Walters, Patrick Malahide, Jemima West, Alexander Cobb (about a group of British socialites at the time of the British Raj and the fight for Indian independence)

Victoria (2016, historical drama) Starring: Jenna Coleman, Tom Hughes, Rufus Sewell, Peter Firth, Eve Myles (about the first few years of the reign of Queen Victoria; her ascension to the throne, her friendship with the Prime Minister, her marriage and the birth of her first child)

The Crown (2016, historical drama) Starring: Claire Foy, Matt Smith, Vanessa Kirby, Jared Harris (about the first few years of the reign of Elizabeth II, from 1947 to 1955)

USA

The Governor and J.J. (1969-1970; political television series) Starring: Dan Dailey, Julie Sommars (about a conservative governor and his more liberal daughter)

The Man and the City (1971-1972; political drama) Starring: Anthony Quinn, Mike Farrell (about a long-term Hispanic mayor of a city in the South-West)

Benson (1979-1986, sitcom) Starring: Robert Guillaume, James Noble, Inga Swenson; Missy Gold René Auberjonois (about the rise of African-American butler from head of household affairs for a governor to state budget director and eventually lieutenant governor)

Tanner ´88 (1988; political mockumentary) and Tanner on Tanner (2004 mockumentary) Starring: Michael Murphy, Cynthia Nixon, Pamela Reed, Matt Malloy (about a fictional presidential candidate)

The Powers That Be (1992-1993; political sitcom) Starring: John Forsythe, Holland Taylor, Eve Gordon, Joseph Gordon-Levitt (about a U.S. Senator and his complicated and chaotic family)

Spin City (1996-2002; political sitcom) Starring: Michael J. Fox, Charlie Sheen, Carla Gugino, Connie Britton, Alexander Chaplin (follows a fictional Mayor of New York and his staff)

The West Wing (1999-2006; political drama) Starring: Martin Sheen, Rob Lowe, Moira Kelly, Dulé Hill, Allison Janney (about a fictional Democratic administration)

That´s My Bush! (2001; political satire, sitcom) Starring: Timothy Bottoms, Carrie Quinn Dolin, Kurt Fuller, Kristen Miller (follows the fictional personal life of George W. Bush)

Commander in Chief (2005-2006; political drama series) Starring: Geena Davis, Donald Sutherland, Harry Lennix, Kyle Secor (about the fictional first female President of the United States)

The Good Wife (2009-2016; legal/political drama) Starring: Julianna Margulies, Chris Noth, Josh Charles, Christine Baranski (about the wife of a disgraced state attorney who returns to her career in law after a scandal involving her husband; widely praised for its insight in society, politics, law and social media)

Parks and Recreation (2009-2015; mockumentary, political satire, comedy) Starring: Amy Poehler, Rashida Jones, Paul Schneider, Aziz Ansari, Chris Pratt, Rob Lowe, Adam Scott (about a fictional local government department in Indiana)      

Boss (2011-2012; political drama) Starring: Kelsey Grammer, Connie Nielsen, Hanna Ware, Kathleen Robertson, Jeff Hephner (about a U.S. mayor who is diagnosed with a degenerative neurological disorder)

Homeland (2011-present; political thriller) Starring: Claire Danes, Damian Lewis, Morena Baccarin (about a CIA agent who believes that a war hero, who was held prisoner by al-Quaeda, was turned by them and is now an undercover agent)

The Kennedys (2011; historical and political miniseries) Starring: Greg Kinnear, Barry Pepper, Katie Holmes, Tom Wilkinson (about the lives of the members of the Kennedy family)

Political Animals (2012; comedy-drama miniseries) Starring: Sigourney Weaver, Carla Gugino, James Wolk, Sebastian Stan (about a former first lady who serves as Secretary of State)

1600 Penn (2012-2013; political sitcom) Starring: Jenna Elfman, Bill Pullman, Josh Gad (about a dysfunctional family living in the White House)

The Newsroom (2012-2014; political drama) Starring: Jeff Daniels, Emily Mortimer, John Gallagher Jr. Alison Pill, Dev Patel (about a fictional news channel)

The First Family (2012-2015; political sitcom) Starring: Christopher B. Duncan, Kellita Smith, Jackée Harry, Khylin Rhambo (about a U.S. President, who tries to balance his private life and his duties as President)

Scandal (2012-present; political thriller) Starring: Kerry Washington, Tony Goldwyn, Darby Stanchfield, Katie Lowes, Bellamy Young (about a crisis management firm in Washington, D.C., White House staff and politicians in D.C.)

Veep (2012-present; political satire, comedy) Starring: Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Anna Chlumsky, Tony Hale, Reid Scott, Timothy Simons (about a fictional Vice President and later President of the United States and her staff)

Alpha House (2013-2014; political satire, web television series) Starring: John Goodman, Clark Johnson, Matt Malloy, Mark Consuelos (about four Republican U.S. Senators who share a house in Washington, D.C.)

House of Cards [US -Version] (2013-present; political drama) Starring: Kevin Spacey, Robin Wright, Kate Mara, Corey Stoll, Michael Kelly (about an ambitious congressman who wants to become President)

Madam Secretary (2014- present; political drama) Starring: Téa Leoni, Tim Daly, Patina Miller, Geoffrey Arend (about a female Secretary of State who tries to balance her family life and her work)

Show Me a Hero (2015; political drama miniseries) Starring: Oscar Isaac, Carla Quevedo, Peter Riegert, Jim Belushi, Alfred Molina (about the desegregation of public housing in the state of New York between 1987 and 1994)

BrainDead (2016; political satire, science fiction) Starring: Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Dany Pino, Aaron Tveit, Tony Shalhoub (about a documentary film-maker who discovers that Washington, D.C. has been invaded by extra-terrestrial insects that are taking control of people, including politicians)

Designated Survivor (2016; political drama series) Starring: Kiefer Sutherland, Natascha McElhone, Adan Canto, Italia Ricci (about the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, who is sworn in as President of United States, after the President and all his other Cabinet members are killed in an explosion)

Graves (2016-present; comedy television series) Starring: Nick Nolte, Skylar Astin, Heléne Yorke, Chris Lowell (about a former President admitting to mistakes he made while in office)

Australia

Embassy (1990-1992; political drama serial) Starring: Bryan Marshall, Ria Yazaki, Jim Holt, Gerard Maguire (about an embassy in a fictional South-East Asian country) The series was rather controversial, particularly its portrayal of Islam was heavily criticised.

Grass Roots (2000-2003; comedy) Starring: Geoff Morrell, Zoe Carides, John Clayton (about the fictional Arcadia Waters Council, a local government department, near Sydney)

The Hollowmen (2008; political comedy) Starring: Rob Sitch, Lachy Hulme, Merrick Watts, Neil Melville (about a fictional political advisory unit whose main aim is to help the Prime Minister get re-elected)

Party Tricks (2014, political drama/thriller, romance) Starring: Asher Keddie, Rodger Corser, Angus Sampson, Adam Zwar (about two political opponents and ex-lovers running for the office of State Premier)

Secret City (2016-present; political thriller) Starring: Anna Torv, Damon Herriman, Daniel Wyllie (about a political journalist who uncovers a conspiracy)

Canada

Quentin Durgens, M.P. (1965-1969; political drama) Starring: Gordon Pinsent, Leslie Barringer (about an idealistic young lawyer who becomes a Member of Parliament)

Duplessis (1978, political and historical miniseries) Starring: Jean Lapointe, Gabriel Arcand (tells the story of Maurice Duplessis, a controversial Premier of Quebec)

Rideau Hall (2002; sitcom) Starring: Bette MacDonald, Fiona Reid, Jonathan Torrens (the Prime Minister appoints a disco queen as Governor General in the hope that she will become a national embarrassment and disgrace the Canadian monarchy)

Trudeau (2002, miniseries) Starring: Colm Feore, Polly Shannon (about the political career of Pierre Trudeau)

Snakes and Ladders (2004; miniseries) Starring: Catherine Disher, Amy Price-Francis, Jeremy Akerman (about an executive assistant at Parliament Hill)

Da Vinci´s City Hall (2005-2006; political drama) Starring: Nicholas Campbell, Venus Terzo, Ian Tracey (about a former coroner who becomes the mayor of Vancouver)

Dan for Mayor (2010-2011; sitcom) Starring: Fred Ewanuick, Mary Ashton, Paul Bates (about a slacker who runs for mayor to impress his ex-girlfriend)

The Best Laid Plans (2014; comedy-drama) Starring: Jonas Chernick, Kenneth Welsh, Mark McKinney, Sarah Allen (a parody of the 2008 Canadian federal election)

TV-Series from non-English-speaking countries

There are probably quite a few more, but unfortunately they´re difficult to find if you don´t speak the language of the country of origin.

Denmark:

Borgen (2010-2013; political drama) Starring: Sidse Babett Knudsen, Mikael Birkkjær, Pilou Asbæk, Birgitte Hjort Sørensen (tells the story of a fictional politician who becomes the first female Prime Minister of Denmark)

France:

Spin/Les Hommes de l´ombre (2012-2016; political thriller) Starring: Bruno Wolkowitch, Grégory Fitoussi, Philippe Magnan, Emmanuelle Bach (when the French President is killed in a suicide attack, a former spin doctor returns to his job in order to find a suitable candidate for the presidency)

Marseille (2016; political drama) Starring: Gérard Depardieu, Benoît Magimel, Géraldine Pailhas, Stéphane Caillard (the former protégé of the long-time mayor of Marseille becomes his new opponent)

Germany:

Eichwald, MdB (2015; satire, political comedy) Starring: Bernhard Schütz, Rainer Reiners, Leon Ullrich, Lucie Heinze (about a fictional member of the German Parliament and his incompetent staffers)

Deutschland 83 (2015; historical and political drama) Starring: Jonas Nay, Maria Schrader, Alexander Beyer, Sonja Gerhardt, Ulrich Noethen (during the Cold War an East-German soldier is sent to West-Germany as a spy)

Die Stadt und die Macht (2016; six-part political drama) Starring: Anna Loos, Thomas Thieme, Burghart Klaußner, Martin Brambach (about a female lawyer who becomes the mayoral candidate for a fictional conservative party in Berlin)

Italy:

1992 (2015; historical political drama) Starring: Stefano Accorsi, Guido Caprino, Domenico Diele, Tea Falco, Miriam Leone (follows six people who are affected by the rapidly changing political landscape in Italy in the early 1990s and the “Clean Hands” investigation into political corruption)

Norway:

Mammon (2014- present; thriller, political thriller) Starring: Jon Øigarden, Nils Ole Oftebro, Laura Christensen (about a Norwegian journalist; the first series is about a financial scandal, the second series is more political)

Occupied/Okkupert (2015; political drama) Starring: Henrik Mestad, Eldar Skar, Selome Emnetu, Sondre Larsen (fictional story about Russia invading Norway)

Spain:

Cuéntame cómo pasó (drama, history, comedy; 2001-present) Starring: Imanol Arias, Ana Duato, Ricardo Gómez, María Galiana, Pablo Rivero (follows a family during the last years of the rule of Francisco Franco and the beginning of the Spanish transition to democracy)

If you know any other good political TV-Series, please reblog with the title and a bit of information!

List of Political TV-Series (UK)

As I believe that you can learn a lot of things from good TV-series, I´ve made a list of political TV-series (drama and comedy).
This one is about UK-politics, but if you like it, I´ll try to make one for US-politics, too. (And maybe even for other countries.)
I haven´t seen all of these shows, so I don´t know if all of them are good, but I thought I´d add them anyways.  

Political TV-Series (UK)

·         Yes Minister + Yes, Prime Minister (1980-1988; satirical political sitcom); Starring: Paul Eddington, Nigel Hawthorne, Derek Fowlds (follows the career of a British politician)

·         House of Cards (UK-Version) (1990; political thriller) Starring: Ian Richardson, Susannah Harker, David Lyon, Diane Fletcher (about an MP who wants to become Prime Minister) Sequels: To Play the King, The Final Cut

·         The Politician´s Wife (1995; political drama); Starring: Trevor Eve, Juliet Stevenson, Minnie Driver (When a UK minister becomes embroiled in a tabloid scandal, his wife becomes the centre of media attention.)

·         Spooks, sometimes also called MI-5 (2002-2011; spy drama series) Starring: Peter Firth, Matthew Macfadyen, Rupert Penry-Jones, Hermione Norris, Richard Armitage (follows the lives and the missions of several MI-5 agents, gives quite a good overview about the national security problems Britain had to deal with in the years after 9/11)
+ Spooks- The Greater Good (2015) Starring: Kit Harrington, Jennifer Ehle, Peter Firth

·         State of Play (2003, six-part political thriller); Starring: David Morrissey, John Simm, Bill Nighy, Polly Walker, James McAvoy, Marc Warren, Philip Glennister (tells the story of a newspaper´s investigation into the death of a young woman who was employed by an MP)

·         The Thick of It + In the Loop [Movie] (2005-2012, comedy/satire tv-series); Starring: Peter Capaldi, Chris Langham, Rebecca Front, Roger Allam, Chris Addison, Joanna Scanlan (about the conflicts between various members of the UK-government)

·         The State Within (2006, a six-hour political drama serial); Starring: Jason Isaacs, Ben Daniels, Sharon Gless, Nigel Bennett (about a British Ambassador to Washington who finds himself at the centre of an international political conspiracy)

·         Party Animals (2007, political drama series); Starring: Patrick Baladi, Andrew Buchan, Matt Smith, Raquel Cassidy (tells the story of different people involved with the UK Parliament, including researchers, lobbyists and MPs)

·         The Last Enemy (2008, science fiction thriller); Starring: Benedict Cumberbatch, Anamaria Marinca, Max Beesley, Robert Carlyle (set in the near future, deals with topics such as total surveillance and tells the story of a mathematical genius who accidently comes across a political cover-up)

·         Secret State (2012, four-part political thriller); Starring: Gabriel Byrne, Charles Dance, Douglas Hodge (when the plane of the British Prime Minister crashes under mysterious circumstances, the Deputy Prime Minister has to take command and uncovers a conspiracy at the heart of the political system)

·         The Politician´s Husband (2013, 3 episode-miniseries); Starring: Emily Watson, David Tennant (A woman replaces her husband in Cabinet after he resigns)

·         The Honourable Woman (2014, political spy thriller about the Middle East); Starring: Maggie Gyllenhall, Philip Arditti, Andrew Buchan

If you know any other good political TV-series, please reblog with the title and maybe a bit of info!

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February 27 2016 - Thousands of activists marching against the development of a new airport in Brittany and in support of the ZAD, the occupation of the land that would be used for this airport, redecorated a Total gas station they came across while marching on the highway.  [video]

Religious belief is a totalitarian belief. It is the wish to be a slave. It is the desire that there be an unalterable, unchallengeable, tyrannical authority who can convict you of thought crime while you are asleep, who can subject you – who must, indeed, subject you – to total surveillance around the clock every waking and sleeping minute of your life – I say, of your life – before you’re born and, even worse and where the real fun begins, after you’re dead. A celestial North Korea. Who wants this to be true? Who but a slave desires such a ghastly fate? I’ve been to North Korea. It has a dead man as its president; Kim Jong-Il is only head of the party and head of the army. He’s not head of the state. That office belongs to his deceased father, Kim Il-Sung. It’s a necrocracy, a thanatocracy. It’s one short of a trinity I might add. The son is the reincarnation of the father. It is the most revolting and utter and absolute and heartless tyranny the human species has ever evolved. But at least you can fucking die and leave North Korea!
—  Christopher Hitchens
“The American system. . .relies on total surveillance,”

Sarah Jeong writes in You Can’t Escape Data Surveillance In America:

From the end of the Civil War to the mid-20th century, the breadth and detail of information collected by [credit] reporting agencies only increased. Control over the access to that information, however, did not seem to keep up. “People do not realize, for example, that their own credit files are accessible to virtually anyone who understands the workings of credit bureaus and has a few dollars to spend on a report,” said one study in 1969. And those credit reports contained personal information ranging from the deeply prejudicial to the utterly inane.

The reports were compiled using information from retailers, from the public record (court records, newspaper clippings), and from interviews with friends and neighbors. In 1972, a Senate aide testified before a committee about the type of information that was collected by the automobile insurance industry: “If they, in any way, have some deviant behavior characteristics, they wear pink shirts, or have long hair and a mustache, they read Karl Marx … They can look in your library and see what books you read, what magazines you subscribe to…”

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“As critical may be the situation and the circumstances in which you are now, do not despair.

It is precisely on those occasions when there is everything to fear that we should not fear anything; It is when we are surrounded by all kinds of dangers that we must not be afraid.

It is when we are without resources that we have to rely on all: it is when we are surprised that we have to surprise the enemy.” Sun Tzu

anonymous asked:

What you're suggesting is not socialism or anarchy or communism. It's new world order. Nothing wrong with it, except take China, or Russia for example, neither of those worked because of how different people and cultures within the community were. How do you think a global country or new world order would work?

New World Order usually refers to the emergence of a totalitarian world government. I don’t believe in this kind of conspiracy theories, because I think that this NWO does already exist when we are surveilled wherever we go, we are not free to choose anything but what and how to consume, we are brainwashed by the media, and yet we are told that we live in freedom and democracy.

I do not believe in establishing a new order from above. I believe in grass root and voluntary movements of the people instead. I’m simply suggesting that you have to overcome the limitations of class, you have to gain real freedom and democracy, that of the individual. I believe the economic system in which we live in is unsustainable and sooner or later will need a revision, unless we want to destroy the planet.

I think that flags, states, borders and religions are what, along with capitalism, causes wars, discrimination, genocide. And since we are already underway with a globalization of global exploitation of the poorest people around the world, I think it would be fairer to reverse course to reach a total revolution of the global system in a egalitarian way. 

It’s true that people today are greedy and warlike, but they are also able to accomplish wonderful things, and I believe that with the help of our mind we can achieve a world based on solidarity and mutual aid.