Sunday, March 2, 2008

Not like That, It's the Big Screen

What would a documentary about knowledge look like. This is after all 2008, attention spans are at their shortest levels in history, one can not make some stodgy documentary where people would get bored, everything needs to be dramatic, apocalyptic, end of time, and all that sort of stuff, people have to be jolted, ask the climate change people. Obviously all this air pollution was going somehow to affect the world, but nobody really cared if you showed them academic evidence,, all sorts of studies by well meaningful people who unfortunately had dull personalities, well dull for those with attention deficit disorders. No one has time everything is fast, fast foods, microwave dinners, quick drink and go home, everything is rushed, quick reports and off to war who cares nobody has the time to look at the facts, just dazzle, on television of course.

Al Gore caught on, people need to see the seriousness of what human activity is doing to the earth, what would a documentary about knowledge be like given peoples short attention spans, everybody is busy, there is no time.

As the documentary would be promoting the power of knowledge as well as been dramatic it can start by showing hungry children in Ethiopia with flies in their eyes, torn clothing, bloated stomachs, rib cages showing and the narrator will say, when a society has not the knowledge to feed itself, this is the result, mass hunger, then show a healthy kids playing in Australia and the narrator continues, but with knowledge, Australia a country that faces droughts on a regular basis, the children are happy their problem is too much food, sometimes more is not always better, here in Australia there is too much, they have sought out the knowledge to act when there is a drought whilst the Ethiopian, the Zimbabwean, having rejected knowledge are at the whims of the elements.

That would be a good start, get peoples attention, of course the likes of the pretend nationalists will talk of different circumstances on why Ethiopia is starving and why there is a shortage of food in Zimbabwe whilst Australia a country continuously ravaged by drought there is plenty, a million excuses.

But the documentary has to go further, this is only the beginning, what about attacking the Taliban, everybody’s whipping boy these days, the narrator continues with footage, religious fanatics like the Taliban do not believe in knowledge, in order to control societies they need to be discouraged from any self worth, tell them they are not allowed to use their brains, God gave them brains and minds, but they are forbidden to use them, what an insult to God, then he should take the minds he gave to men. The state o Afghanistan is shown, the empty schools, then viola the documentary shows a society that has put religion in its place, the Grand old USA, show man going to space, well equipped laboratories, a vibrant center of knowledge, show gleaming office towers full of people working, not just for show, satellites in space, and a B2 bomber defending the USA, a product of respecting knowledge that now is pounding the Taliban who do not respect knowledge.

Why not even go environmental, what will save the environment, it is our knowledge that will, the pursuit for alternative energy sources takes knowledge, they can not just be wished to be, they must be investigated and improved on like all other products. Solar energy, wind power, they are all products of a man’s mind not religious instructions. Morals and knowledge do not really mix, though a moral person can be said to be wise. Wisdom is about doing the right thing; a knowledgeable person need not be wise or moral, or intelligent. A high IQ has nothing to do with high knowledge, a high IQ however just makes it easier to decipher information that may or may not lead to more knowledge.

The documentary must continue, products are created by knowledge, food on the table, cars, televisions, electricity (without respecting knowledge but political patronage a society can run out of electricity Zimbabwe, and other societies with like minds of Mugabe), radios, computers, shoes, clothing, airplanes, all these things come from knowledge, medicine, these things unfortunately come from knowledge. If a society does not respect knowledge, it will have to have a policy of officially begging for food, medicine, clean water clean water is purified by products created by knowledge, simple things like batteries, tape, pins, these are created by knowledge. There is no need to listen to voodoo economists who claimed the knowledge economy suddenly appeared with the computer, they can only get away with saying such things because they are of the same ethnicity as the owners of the media, that is all, because they are wrong.

The documentary must show the politics of knowledge, a communist paper will show communists as the most knowledgeable, a radical media will show radicals as most knowledgeable, a Jewish owned media will show Jews as the most knowledgeable, a German media will show Germans as the ones, the Chinese, the Japanese, all want to claim their superiority by claiming to be the source of knowledge, that is the reality, the world is still not mature enough because everybody knows the power of knowledge and all want to claim its source, the less mature one is the more he will want to claim all knowledge comes from them.

Knowledge is powerful, we show examples from the past where people just take other peoples ideas and claim its theirs, Graham Bell taking from Meucci because at that time North American society was to give all credit to an Anglo Saxon, Meucci happened to be Italian therefore Graham Bell could take from Meucci and get away with it, but true believers of knowledge fought it for over a hundred years until finally the US government relented and gave due to Meucci after Graham Bell had made all the money, see, knowledge is money hence all groups need to claim to be its source. The politics of knowledge involves widespread theft with a thousand excuses for the theft, the most common being they must have thought of it at the same time, because one group refuses to accept all can come out with new concepts but they talk of the common destiny of mankind.

People do not like the political stuff no matter how true, so why not show a poor North Korea where people are starving and a prosperous South Korea where people manufacture Hyundai's Samsung's. North Korea is equal in wealth to Zimbabwe Mugabe been an erstwhile admirer of North Korea and South Korea being considered an industrialized country, all because one society respects knowledge and the other does not though they are genetically similar, its the system not the genes as the remnants of pure evil insist. Africa has a bad system that is being exploited by these remnants of pure evil to push their agendas of race, this leads to situations where they are forced to steal other peoples work to prove their point as they did to Meucci, how could an Italian be equal to an Anglo Saxon, one can be grateful for the Presidency of George Bush for its maturity in recognizing Meucci. Bus an Anglo Saxon was not caught up in these racial arguments.

The documentary of course has completed its aims, disrespecting knowledge equals hunger and moving backwards in time, respecting knowledge, why, space can and will become a resource and a tourist attraction, respecting knowledge means enjoying space tourism, disrespecting knowledge means being stuck in the village.

Big equations great in understanding knowledge but the big screen will show its importance.

Bhekuzulu Khumalo

2 comments:

Michael J said...

Some television series in the US do an interesting, although not rigorous job. Consider the The Wire, screened at HBO.

They demonstrate the power of knowledge at the top and the bottom of the pyramid. By tracing the way "public knowledge" is used in the interests of power, in the Baltimore city government, at the docks, on the streets and in the Baltimore Sun newsroom, it is a story worth watching.

Institute of Knowledge said...

Will check it out

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I write about knowledge economics, information, liberty, and freedom