Analysis Of The Movie ' The Truman Show '

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The Truman Show (1998), directed by Peter Weir is a satirical portrayal of our American culture and our media. It’s a distorted version of our own modern reality. Everything having to do with the virtual Truman Show is about consumerism. It starts from Truman Burbank himself. He lives a commercialized life. His whole life is a television show to get the best ratings. He is the personification of our consumer society. The television show in the movie is an exaggerated version of our own media that doesn’t seem very far-fetched. We can laugh at this movie as it seems absurd, but in reality our society is headed down the path where a “Truman Show” of our own may very well happen. This film relates to American culture and our media, focusing on our fascination with reality television. It’s a weird phenomenon in which we rather sit at home and watch a celebrity’s life instead of living a life of our own. “It is a story that reveals an essential truth about what is happening to society in the 20th century, how the media and corporations have begun to surround us with a universe of illusions" (Goldman). In the movie, Truman Burbank’s entire life is broadcasted to the world. Except this show takes it a step further as Truman has no idea about his life being a show because it started from when he was an infant. Seahaven, the town he lives in is a made up “utopia” that is actually a giant bubble television set where everything from the weather to the ocean is fake. Everyone in his
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