Subconscious War is a short documentary detailing the impact of media and the culture of violence on the everyday life, and the development of the common principles in society. The film analyzes the works of Aldous Huxley and Neil Postman’s hopeless judgments; relating the ideas of pieces such as ‘Brave New World’ and ‘Amusing Ourselves to Death’ to the momentary cultural values that promote the corporate media saturation, games, television, and the extensive techno-culture.
In the ‘Brave New World’ most of the people are united under one World State, an everlasting, serene, fixed, worldwide society in which there is abundance (the number of people is constantly controlled) and all are satisfied. To keep up with the World State’s economy, all people are trained from young age to appreciate consumption, because non-stop consumption and universal employment are the basis of economic and social balance for the World State.
Being alone is labeled as a scandalous waste of resources and wanting to be alone is terrible. Society makes people to promote consumption and never to enjoy as being an individual. People die at age 60 having a good health for their whole life. Nobody is afraid of death; anyone thinking of it is assured that what counts is that society goes on. Reproduction is artificial, no one has family, so they have no family to mourn.
In the ‘Amusing Ourselves to Death’, Postman argues that mass communication media is unable to share serious ideas. Since television virtually replaced the written word, television replaces serious issues with humiliating and subversive political dialog and turns important and complicated issues into depth-less flashy images… it is just entertainment. Television can’t provide education, as it supports only one way information circulation, rather than the interaction that is necessary to for proper learning.