The Truman Show Reality
Written by Chris Kirckof September 6, 2017
We live in the real life version of the Truman Show. Almost everything is faked. Our realities are given to us.
For those of you who haven’t seen it, “The Truman Show” is a movie about a man born and raised in a little world created just for him. This little world is filled with thousands of hidden cameras that record and air his life on live TV, 24 hours a day, for decades on end. Most importantly, Truman has absolutely no idea any of this is going on. He’s the star of the most popular TV show in the world and is completely oblivious to the fact.
Your life is broadcast like a reality show….
Governmental surveillance aside, we live in a world where just about each and every one of us is willingly broadcasting our lives to anyone and everyone willing to watch it…basically in real time. People post updates on where they’re located, where they’re going, what they’re doing, what they’re eating, who they’re with, how they’re feeling and too often give out information that is way too personal. People watch your life unfold from a distance, and you almost never know when they’re doing it. It’s pretty damn creepy if you think about it.
One giant advertisement…
Probably the most amusing part of “The Truman Show” is the ridiculous ads and product placement they use on the audience. You have different characters clearly selling products to those watching the show. Truman himself may be oblivious, but everyone else knows exactly what it is he or she is being pitched. In our day and age, we are bombarded with advertisements all the time. Every time you use social media or visit any of your favorite websites, you’re being advertised to. Digital advertising has gotten so advanced that ads can literally follow you across the web.
Controlled by fear….
THERE ARE ENDLESS OBSTACLES IF YOU WANT TO LEAVE THE MATRIX. THE BIGGEST ONE IS YOUR OWN FEAR. Truman couldn’t get over his fear of water. Those running the show knew this because they made sure he was afraid and then used this fear to control his life, making sure he stayed in the little bubble they created for him. You most certainly don’t realize it, because that’s the point, but people, governments, corporations all use the same scare tactics to make sure you do what they want you to do. It’s manipulation 101.
Notice the way Truman escaped his matrix of lies….he conquered his fear!!
We accept the reality of the world with which we are presented….
Truman never figured out that his whole life was being lived for others to enjoy and/or profit off of because he took everything he saw for face value. He didn’t question. He didn’t wonder. He didn’t bother to consider maybe, just maybe, there was a different, more authentic reality that surrounded him. Sound familiar?
Most people are actors….
Truman’s best friend was hired to be his best friend. His father was hired to be his father. Same goes for his mother, wife, coworkers, neighbors, etc. While this may not be the case in your life, those around you are really only acting. Think about it: How often do you act yourself around those around you? Surely, you act yourself around those closest to you (to some extent), but when it comes to most people, you’re basically putting on a show. Same goes for everybody else.
You only matter to some people when you are relevant….
“Where’s the TV guide.” Probably my favorite line from the whole movie. Once the show comes to an inevitable end, you get to see the reactions of those who spent decades…literally decades watching the show. The best they could muster was basically: “What should we watch next?” People only care about you as long as you’re relevant, as long as you’re somehow pertinent to them and their life.
As soon as you no longer interest or entertain them, you’re basically dead to them.
Even the weather was controlled….
Truman’s entire world down to the weather was fake. Now today we have geoengineering and HAARP manipulating our weather and creating disasters at every turn.
Welcome to the show! Welcome to just another illusion! The Truman matrix….
(shared with written permission)
The Truman Show
Release date June 5, 1998 (United States)
Running time 103 minutes
The Truman Show is a 1998 American satirical science fiction film directed by Peter Weir, produced by Scott Rudin, Andrew Niccol, Edward S. Feldman, and Adam Schroeder, and written by Niccol. The film stars Jim Carrey as Truman Burbank, adopted and raised by a corporation inside a simulated television show revolving around his life, until he discovers it and decides to escape; additional roles are provided by Laura Linney, Noah Emmerich, Natascha McElhone, Holland Taylor, Ed Harris, and Brian Delate.
PLOT: Truman Burbank is the unsuspecting star of The Truman Show, a reality television program which is broadcast live around the clock and across the globe. His entire life has taken place within a giant arcological dome in Hollywood, fashioned to create the seaside town of Seahaven Island, and equipped with thousands of cameras to monitor all aspects of Truman’s life. All of Seahaven’s residents are actors, either acting out a script or repeating lines fed to them by the show’s creator and executive producer, Christof, who seeks to capture Truman’s real emotion and human behavior, give audiences a relatable everyman, and protect him from the outside world with a sense of normalcy.
The producers discouraged Truman from wanting to travel beyond Seahaven by instilling him with aquaphobia through the “death” of his TV father in a boating “accident”, and by constantly broadcasting and printing messages of the dangers of traveling. Despite Christof’s control, Truman manages to act in unexpected ways. During his college years, Truman was intended to fall in love with and marry co-student Meryl, but he fell in love with another actress, Sylvia. Sylvia managed to bring Truman out of the sight of cameras long enough to warn him that his reality is fake before she was taken away, with her “father” claiming they are traveling to Fiji. While Truman went on to marry Meryl, he continues to fantasize about Sylvia, using scraps from magazines to recreate her face in secret, and seeks travel to Fiji. Outside of the show, Sylvia has become part of a “Free Truman” campaign that demands the end of the show.
The film begins during the thirtieth year of the show. During the day, Truman notices strange occurrences that all seem centered on him (a falling spotlight, rain that only falls on him). Truman spots a disheveled man and recognizes him as his father, who had snuck back into the set, but actors quickly drag the man away. Despite efforts by Meryl and Truman’s best friend Marlon to reassure Truman, Truman becomes even more suspicious about his life. One day, he takes Meryl by surprise by going on an impromptu road trip, but their way is blocked by apparent and increasingly implausible emergencies. Meryl begins to break down from the stress, and during an argument with Truman, breaks character and is later taken off the show. Truman, depressed and confused, is consoled by Marlon, and Christof uses the opportunity to re-introduce Truman’s father to the show properly, under the guise of having lost his memory after the boating accident, in the hope of bringing Truman back to some emotional stability and a controllable state.
Truman seems to recover, but the next day, the producers find Truman sleeping in his basement. Marlon is sent to check on Truman, only to find he has disappeared through a makeshift tunnel. Marlon breaks character, and Christof orders the first transmission cut in the show’s history while a citywide search for Truman is launched, going to such extreme measures as causing the artificial sun to rise hours ahead of schedule. Audiences around the world are drawn to this sudden change. Truman is found sailing out of Seahaven, having conquered his fear of water, and Christof resumes the broadcast as he sends a man-made lightning storm to try to capsize the boat. Network executives fear that Truman may die on live television, but Truman manages to persist. Realizing he cannot dissuade Truman any further, Christof ends the storm.
Truman continues to sail until – to his surprise – his boat punctures the wall of the dome. He finds an exit door, but Christof, speaking directly to Truman through a speaker system, tries to convince him to stay, stating there is “no more truth” in the real world and “I know you better than you know yourself.”, that he brings comfort to his audience and that by staying in his artificial world, he would have nothing to fear. Truman considers this, then states: “You never had a camera in my head!” and “In case I don’t see you… good afternoon, good evening, and good night,” previously his unwitting catch-phrase, takes a bow, and leaves. Watching the show at home, Sylvia races to meet Truman, while Christof’s supervisors end the show for the last time and the audience starts looking for something else to watch.