One of the most effective ways to con Kiwis is you put on a smile, promote a few garden variety bigotries and we’ll follow where we are led.
Our anti-intellectualism is so extreme in this country, people feel culturally intimidated by soy lattes.
Take any one of the ‘reality’ TV shows on Cops or Customs. These shows feature all the garden variety bigotries NZ has come to know and love and putting these stereotypes on TV allows the Police and Customs to gain wonderful propaganda to promote unquestioned authority worship. It’s the ‘I’ve-seen-a-one-sided-and-heavily-edited-reality-TV-show-so-I-can-trust-the-police’ mentality.
The NZ Secret Intelligence Service look like they have clicked onto this with the current spy boss suggesting yesterday that she wanted to have a reality TV show based on the SIS.
The shocking truth is that it will probably work.
This is the very same Secret Intelligence Service who colluded with the PMs Office to falsify information to smear the Leader of the Opposition months before the 2011 election. What’s actually worse than State Spies working with Government to smear political opponents? A full blown military coup? Suspension of Civil Liberties and the imposition of martial law? Mike Hosking elected PM?
Remember, this department now has warrantless searches and a history of using their power to attack political targets for National. They shouldn’t be getting TV shows, they should be getting reigned in!
Being able to gain a TV show where the SIS aren’t seen working with Government to attack political enemies but instead shown doing a great job for Kiwis could well be the biggest propaganda coup in NZ TV history.
I’d love to say this wouldn’t work, but my fear is that Kiwis are really this easy to chump.
Think of the possibilities though. An SIS ‘Big Brother’ where the SIS just spy on you everywhere. An SIS ‘Guess who’s coming to dinner’ where the SIS inform you who’s coming to dinner at the start of the show. An SIS ‘X-Factor’ where spies compete in karaoke competitions while hacking your phone.
This tiny insignificant crag sticking out of the South Pacific has ben given an Eye of Mordor by America, and suddenly the cultural, political and economic interests of the deep state demands that the peasants look upon the Eye of Mordor with delight and fawning appreciation.