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They Live

A classic anti-consumerist, super cheesy sci-fi vid from 1988. Shepard Fairey used it as inspiration for his "Obey" poster work. This was a serious banger for skate-punks back in the early 90s. It's very dated now but still worth a look. If anything, the manipulation of our desires has only gotten worse. Takes about a minute and a half to get going, so stay with it.

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Anonymous

This would be a great remake...without the cheese. Also has probably the longest fight scene in cinema...

Anonymous

This would be a great remake...without the cheese. Also has probably the longest fight scene in cinema...

Anonymous

its only the clothes that make it look dated-aprt from that its probably more relevant that it was 20 years ago

Anonymous

its only the clothes that make it look dated-aprt from that its probably more relevant that it was 20 years ago

julientw

Well if you don't realise that then you must already be asleep. The reference to sleep is an indication that the mind is dormant. You don't think for yourself the information that your brain is programmed with does that. The government, bureaucrats and politicians wants your intellect and independent thought to "stay asleep" so that you are easier to control. They know that if our minds are alert and practice independent thought we are dangerous to them. Simples...

julientw

Well if you don't realise that then you must already be asleep. The reference to sleep is an indication that the mind is dormant. You don't think for yourself the information that your brain is programmed with does that. The government, bureaucrats and politicians wants your intellect and independent thought to "stay asleep" so that you are easier to control. They know that if our minds are alert and practice independent thought we are dangerous to them. Simples...

paint

i agree with you in a sense... however, if our mind is programmed with information... such as "if this, then do this"... then do we ever really have independent thought? for example say in my genetic code there is a line that says if hungry then eat ( which surely their is because my ancestors would of died years ago if not ) then if possible I'm going to eat... As well there must be code for if tired then sleep.. right? -Now I understand that you are talking about a mental kind of sleep... an unconscious; that "the Man" is feeding with ideas and thoughts and thus by not realizing where these ideas come from we are asleep. so who says the government isn't asleep... or you or me?? what says we have a self conscious? maybe and just maybe, there is no control.... maybe all our minds are playing out some almost unfathomable algorithm that when we look back upon we make sense of as independent thought... so when you rebel against the government, bureaucrats and politicians are you really awake? or are you just the equivalent to "if this, then this"... such as a computer programmed game of chess would play, our moves are based on what we've seen our opponent do, both immediately and in the past and like wise are opponents moves are based on our moves. Only when we look back can we try and make sense of what we are doing now, but what made us do it then, and what led us to that.... do you see what I'm getting at, it's the fact that since you were born there have been ideas that have flowed into your brain, some stayed some didn't... and most you had no idea they were being planted in your mind, so now when you make decision such as broccoli with or without cheese, you don't think about all the events in your life that added up to make you decide with cheese... you just do it... so in a sense we are always sleeping... dreaming about the future... or the past, as if in some way we are capable of changing either....... So just enjoy who you are, every moment.... and if you believe you can make a change then make it... just remember, I'm already asleep.

paint

i agree with you in a sense... however, if our mind is programmed with information... such as "if this, then do this"... then do we ever really have independent thought? for example say in my genetic code there is a line that says if hungry then eat ( which surely their is because my ancestors would of died years ago if not ) then if possible I'm going to eat... As well there must be code for if tired then sleep.. right? -Now I understand that you are talking about a mental kind of sleep... an unconscious; that "the Man" is feeding with ideas and thoughts and thus by not realizing where these ideas come from we are asleep. so who says the government isn't asleep... or you or me?? what says we have a self conscious? maybe and just maybe, there is no control.... maybe all our minds are playing out some almost unfathomable algorithm that when we look back upon we make sense of as independent thought... so when you rebel against the government, bureaucrats and politicians are you really awake? or are you just the equivalent to "if this, then this"... such as a computer programmed game of chess would play, our moves are based on what we've seen our opponent do, both immediately and in the past and like wise are opponents moves are based on our moves. Only when we look back can we try and make sense of what we are doing now, but what made us do it then, and what led us to that.... do you see what I'm getting at, it's the fact that since you were born there have been ideas that have flowed into your brain, some stayed some didn't... and most you had no idea they were being planted in your mind, so now when you make decision such as broccoli with or without cheese, you don't think about all the events in your life that added up to make you decide with cheese... you just do it... so in a sense we are always sleeping... dreaming about the future... or the past, as if in some way we are capable of changing either....... So just enjoy who you are, every moment.... and if you believe you can make a change then make it... just remember, I'm already asleep.

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