it totally is but i'm inexhaustable for the right cause
namely womens delusions
i am frustrated by the pace too. the decision to focus on the personal narratives of folks they had the most immediate access to and what was filmed in real time and why and all that is understandable but there's still a lot of other shit to talk about that hasn't been touched in 4 hours now. by my count there were at least 3 suicides associated with these people and when they were at their most powerful they were being funded and effectively owned by members of the bronfman family. i cannot accept any narrative that doesn't include this very central aspect. there's still 5 hours to go obviously but i can already see how only focusing on the incredibly interesting but mundane and human idiosyncrasies of people who are dissatisfied with material success etc is going to exclude important biographical details of this guy. that he was a compulsive gambler, a pyramid schemer and basically a pedo in the 90s and somehow was able to conceal all of that through nda's and abuse of the legal system is pretty important to all of thisNecrometer wrote: ↑Tue Sep 15, 2020 8:30 pm show is going a bit too slowly for my tastes, but the most recent episode was solid
every single one of these cult documentaries speaks volumes about the human condition - more than I think most people would like to admit. like... truly universal stuff.
I don't think anyone is immune to falling into it (given a certain life path... which is admittedly kinda cheating). I think someone could credibly say "this wouldn't happen to me", but not "this could never have happened to me"
on the other hand, I think it takes a special kind of maniac to be at the center of one of these things. I'm plenty narcissistic and manipulative and I still doubt I could go full KR
having said all that i dont just agree i identify strongly with your universal sense of non-immunity and i think the personal real time-y narrative approach is conveying that quite effectively! telling these stories should probably always crack this thesis every time, the best cults are for doing good, being good, attracting good then maybe obfuscating good. this is why fight club is fundamentally a great movie! it hinges on that charismatic fulcrum! only branding aesthetics will repel you or attract you but, just like scientology, if the physical / asecetic rituals are dialed in the right hypnosis sweetener on this stuff actually works. the tech works! hell you dont even need fucking hypnosis just use yoga https://www.imdb.com/title/tt5278464/
while we were watching the last episode i texted my friend the other night " if i end up in a cult dont even bother trying to get me out and dont fucking tell the media im not this type of person that would do xyz because you know that i am. just say he said it would be cool and that rules i'm happy for him"
AND its just amazing to me trying to square the utterly pathetic rookie shit of branding the flesh of your married cultists when you are just so undeniably good at melting their minds already. the footage of kr meeting alison mack for the first time was ! ! ! it was like a gelatinous cube absorbing a level 1 adventurer. her fate was sealed the second she went to volleyball.
tldr when do we get to the fireworks factory