Imagine being stuck in one place your whole life. The same old routine, get up, meet the same people, go to work, and sell insurance. This is the life of Truman Burbank. But, there is a twist in the tale. Unbeknownst to him, his life is recorded and broadcasted to the world. Interesting isn’t it?
The whole town runs around him. There are product placements, his fake friends. He has a wife (Who is fake too), and all of it Truman’s reality but to all others, it is just a job.
When I finished watching the movie, I was in a state of contemplation. The surveillance tailing Truman all day, watching his every move and observing his behavior patterns reminded me too much of our own lives in this society. Our phones have become trackers to our locations all the time, they track our activities, our internet searches, what are we eating, and these corporations think of us, not like humans but consumers.
Just like Truman’s life, our behavior patterns are sold into the market to create products for us. This invasion of privacy is not just immoral, but criminal. Still, we live on in our routine and companies make money off us.
In a way, The Truman Show has been the benchmark for the idea of civil surveillance like the book 1984 by George Orwell. By watching this film I have opened my eyes a little and I try not to be the part of this system that controls us. I hope you will watch the movie too and come to your senses because they can only take what we allow them to take.