When the line between News and Lies gets more and more unsharp you fabricate confusions – a phenomena Adam Curtis calls “Oh Dearism”. He defines it as a new form of mass control in which the news are so overwhelming and confusing that the only comment that is left to say is “Oh Dear!”, but Curtis points out that this is precisely the reaction that is wanted. Curtis claims that this tactics of mass confusion come from the former avantgarde artist and now close Putin advisor Vladislav Surkov:
“This tactic was invented in Russia by Vladimir Putin’s advisor, Vladislav Tserkov, who has spent 15 years aiding Russia’s elected tsar. Tserkov was an avant-garde artist, and imported elements from Conceptual art into Russian politics. The Soviet Regime has staged and promoted a series of gatherings and spectacles as part of its campaign to mobilise Russian support. But he has also gone further, giving funding to groups directly opposed to his master and each other, from Neo-Nazi stormtroopers to Human Rights activists. He has also deliberately let everyone know he has done this. This has produced a radical destabilisation of the opposition, as it is no longer clear what is authentic and genuine, and what is carefully staged propaganda. The result is an enervating feeling of defeat.”
All governments lie, they say. Telling white lies and leaving out facts have been ways in which politicians have walked the walk and talked the talk for ages. Catching a politician or a power broker outright lying is not unheard of, either. For this Speech Karaoke Club, we have gathered speeches that have either turned out to be or are obviously lies. The list includes contemporary speeches by Donald Trump and Juha Sipilä, with legendary takes on truth by the likes of Bill Clinton and Jari isometsä.
Between rounds of speeches we will be entertained by Dj Nosfe. The Club is free of charge.