Montageman: A dude who writes

October 13, 2006

The problem with 9/11 Truth

Filed under: 9/11, southpark — montageman @ 2:20 am

South Park is two for two thus far this season. In tonight’s episode Cartman claims that the government was involved in 9/11. He professes this after Mr. Mackey interrogates the boys about a turd found in the urinal. The turd is a distraction being used to shield the truth, Eric says. Of course, anything can be viewed as a diversion from truth. The idea of truth, or what is true, is not completely clear either.

Alex Jones examines the false flag theory in Terrorstorm, which is a well structured documentary. Jones is a clever filmmaker in that he understands the power of affect especially when it is coupled with film. During the first half of the film, Jones is careful to remain only as the voice of truth. Once he begins to parade himself on screen, Jones becomes little more than another Michael Moore. Kyle and Stan find out from the Hardly Boys’ father that the 9/11 conspiracy folks are equally as important as the government in perpetuating the idea that the our leaders are all knowing and powerful. In what might have been an allusion, the phrase “what really happened” was used often tonight as well. An allusion because there is a website by the same name headed by Michael Riverio, another 9/11 truth journalist. If nothing else, the kids’ search and ultimate uncovering of the “truth” behind 9/11 is the ultimate red herring. Where does the truth lead? To Kyle’s confession of pooping in the urinal, which amounts to a big “fuck you”.

Parker and Stone quite often use this methodology in their films and in other episodes of South Park.  This strategy should not be misconstrued as simplistic analysis of current events and culture, rather Parker and Stone are very keen in their analysis.  Whether or not the explanations behind 9/11 are true is of no consequence here – what is important is that the another viewpoint is being exposed.  Cartman, for all of his anti-Semitic rhetoric, is always the first of the boys to latch on to whatever seems cool or can work towards antagonizing Stan or Kyle.  Cartman’s mention of 9/11 truth theories does not, as Dykes claims, immediately equate the theories as bunk.  Quite the contrary, the mere mention of 911truth.org on the show (whether by Cartman or whoever) lends credence to the truth movement.

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