All posts by Chris Murnaghan

Hollywood: Factory Line Thought

The screen is the new personal religion, always with you, omnipresent, omniscient; it is the reflection of our own psyches, a collective delirium. The screen is also the revelation: it is the mind, the collective mind, a mutual hallucination. The screen swallows us up. The screen world encroaches into our own, just as formerly Shakespeare’s characters and their subtle philosophies crept into our common imagination. The real and the cine-real follow endless inversions of each other. Life imitates art. Art imitates life. The screen shapes our cognitive processes and thus influences our perceptional tendencies: increasingly, we make sense of the world through a cinematic lens. Our thought processes employ the language of cinema in imposing order on life’s chaos. The filmic cosmos fills our world, filmic beings hovering in the middle distance between thought and experience, migrating from the screen to our collective subconscious, and contaminating our minds with nonsense. The twenty-first century psyche is peopled with Hollywood phantoms, its history, its sensibility, its capacity to feel, such as it is. These phantoms lay dormant in your head where they quietly evolve. Being born in the Matrix, our only notion of change is within the Matrix. We can rearrange the furniture, but the building remains the same. The dominant form of this this intellectual infestation is Hollywood cinema.   Continue reading Hollywood: Factory Line Thought

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A Psyche Born on the Screen

The twenty-first century psyche is peopled with cinema’s phantoms, abstract beings which secretly evolve inside us, working our hearts and our minds with a silent patience, a slow art, in much the same way the winds quietly carve mountains from absolute rock. Migrated from the screen to our collective subconscious, they thrive. Just as our ways of experiencing reality have become increasingly dominated by screen media, so too have our ways of understanding such experience – our ways of thinking and feeling – come into the orbit of these cinematic worlds. Of course, people have always turned to narrative constructs, to stories, in order to make sense out of life, complex and confusing as it can be. Stories give us an anchor-point in the confusion, helping us not to be lost. They provide moral, intellectual, and emotional guidance: various cognitive grooves through which to channel the great experiential variety of living. Continue reading A Psyche Born on the Screen

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