In man and the entertainment of the whole

In the begging of the Truman Show, a star falls from the sky, well, a light falls from the ceiling of a sky high set that includes an artificial town built for the life of one man and the entertainment of the whole world. On the light was a written message ” Sirius (9 canis major) which refers to Sirius, the brightest star in the night sky. In one of Homerus works, an ancient greek author, he mentions the star Sirius and wrote ” Sirius rises late in the dark, liquid sky on summer nights, star of stars, Orion’s Dogs they call it, brightest of all, but an evil portent, bringing heat. And fevers to suffering humanity. In the film, the falling of the light Sirius is the first in a series of ruptures in Truman’s fake reality. A series that ends with Truman sailing in deep water trying to escape his reality, despite the trauma he associates water with. Peter Weir, the director of the Truman Show, invisions a door into reality, but in darker terms then one might expect. All the symbols we usually associate with goodness and positivity are behind truman. Like the bright blue skies and sunbeams breaking through the cloud, or the expansive sea of possibility. On the other hand, reality, truth and authenticity are relegated to a small single rectangle of shadow, the door that Truman uses to escape his artificial world. It is hardly the light at the end of a tunnel that one might normally associate with freedom. All throughout the film, freedom for Truman is tightly linked with trauma. Every peak behind the curtain that truman makes is accompanied by some form of pain. Whether it is the pain of seeing the image of a deceased loved one, the pain of a true connection abruptly cut short, the pain of memory or simply the pain of uncertainty, not knowing what it is your seeing. This is a pain we all are familiar with thus explaining the saying ” we only see what we want to see”. Truman has been previewed to a lifetime full of hints and clues to the fact that his world is not what it seems. An example is when Truman is 5 years old celebrating christmas with his parents and a man popps out of one of Trumans presents and shouts “Truman, it is television”. Peter weir and the writer Andrew Nickel, where prophetic about so much from the vantage of 1998, the ubiquity of reality television and the rise of mass surveillance. They keyd in perfectly for the older generation who are scared of cold war paranoia and of being watched or bugged and also my own generation of narcissism, where it buggs us not to be watched. Personally I see the Truman show as an allegory for the present. Just like Truman’s town of Seahaven our own world seems to be experiencing a similar series of ruptures. Ruptures like the great recession in 2008, the arab spring, like the killing of young black men by police, like brexit, the splitting of the U.K from europe and most recently, like the rise of the republicans with Donald trump in charge in the U.S. I think american society, at large, is like Truman, laboring like him for 30 + years under a system that is finally showing itself to be ridiculous. Just like Truman society is trying to wake itself up while stumbling under the pain that surfaces from doing so.  The rich and powerful in our world hold things in place just like Christoph, director in the movie, hold Truman. The only difference is that we hold ourselfs in place to. The Truman Show does not portray liberation as utopia but as a world flawd just like our own full of multiplicity, contradiction and people obsessed with TV. It is a world only gained by struggle and pain, one that often looks like an evil portan in the moment. It is not a sunburst in the clouds or an endless sea, but a small shadowy door that leads of to a territory unmapped but hopefully invested  with a greater authenticity.