‘Contagion’ or How Disaster Movies “Educate” the Masses

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Hollywood movies are usually presented as a form of entertainment, but their plots often conceal a specific agenda. “Disaster movies”, films about the end of the world through various mass crises, are particularly interesting as they all follow the same basic formula and glorify the same entities. In this article, we’ll look at the disaster movie ‘Contagion’ and how it “teaches” its viewers who to trust and who not to trust during a crisis.

Most people watch movies to be entertained. Well, I for one can say that there was absolutely nothing entertaining about Contagion. In fact, the only difference between this movie and state-sponsored educational movies shown in schools is that with Contagion you actually have to pay to be indoctrinated … and to see Matt Damon. During the cold war, students were shown videos instructing them to “Duck and Cover” in case of a nuclear attack. Contagion conditions the masses to expect martial law and to throw themselves at the first available vaccine in case of a crisis.

Featuring Hollywood mega-stars like Matt Damon, Laurence Fishburne, Jude Law and Gwyneth Paltrow, Contagion is a big-ticket Hollywood movie, but also an infomercial promoting specific national and international agencies while encouraging specific behaviors from the public. The plot of the movie appears to follow the big H1N1 scare of 2009 that left many citizens uncertain about the actual risk of the virus. Indeed, after months of terrifying news crowned by a massive vaccination campaign, an important portion of the population concluded that the H1N1 scare was grossly exaggerated and and thought that a vaccine was unnecessary.

This poll taken in November 2009 shows that 53% Canadians believed that the risks associated with the H1N1 virus were exaggerated.

In the wake of this “crisis”, the UN’s World Health Organization (known as the WHO) was harshly criticized and even accused of colluding with Big Pharma to sell vaccines. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (the CDC) also had its credibility tarnished as investigations revealed that the agency misled the public regarding the number of actual cases of H1N1 (for example, see this report from CBS News). As a result, these two agencies needed a good PR stunt to restore their credibility and to scare the hell out of the public. This is where Contagion comes in.

Directed by Steven Soderbergh, Contagion was produced with the active cooperation of the CDC, the WHO and other governmental organizations and its function is clear: To present a hyper-realistic disaster scenario to justify the vaccination campaigns promoted by these agencies while discrediting those who criticize them.

Nothing in the movie hints that it is a work of fiction. Quite to the contrary, everything in Contagion is made to be as realistic as possible, using actual locations and governmental agencies, to make the story as plausible – and as frightening to the masses – as possible. As the slogan of the movie says: “Nothing spreads like fear” and, boy, does it try to spread fear. This movie’s message is: “Nothing was exaggerated, and next time there’s a virus outbreak, listen to us … or you’ll die”.

The Function of Disaster Movies

Disaster movies are often action-packed thrill rides that venture in the sometimes fascinating “what if that happened” side of things. While some are very over-the-top and border on fantasy, others, like Contagion, emphasize realism and actual events. These movies tend to “hit home” with the viewers because they lead them to think “this could happen to me”. Disaster movies exploit the latent fear that recent events caused on the psyche on the masses, tapping into the anxiety and trauma they cause in order to create tension and terror in the viewers. Then, the “agenda” aspect of these movies kick in as they propose to the viewers the best (and only) way these issues can be resolved. Specific groups and agencies are cast as honorable, helpful and trustworthy during the time of crisis, while others are portrayed as hindrances and even traitors. The drama that follows becomes a case of predictive programming, as the steps taken in the movie to resolve the problem will thereafter appear normal to the masses if they ever occur in real life.

In his book Propagandes Silencieuses (Silent Propaganda), the journalist and writer Ignacio Ramonet describes the always present underlying message found in disaster movies:

“In all cases, the disaster causes a kind of ‘state of emergency’ that hands all powers and modes of transportation to state authorities: the police, the army or “the crew”. Portrayed as the ultimate recourse, these institutions are the only ones capable of facing the dangers, the disorder and the decay threatening society thanks to their structure and technical knowledge. (…) As if it was impossible to present to the general public a disaster that is not resolved by state authorities and governmental powers.”
– Ignacio Ramonet, “Propagandes Silencieuses” (free translation)

Along with the all-importance of authorities, the masses are inevitably presented as a herd of idiots prone to panic that must be kept in the dark.

“Another constant found in disaster movies is the infantilization of civilians. The full amplitude of the catastrophe and the danger the masses are facing is often hidden from them. They are kept out of any decision making process, with the exception of managers and technical specialists (engineers, architects, entrepreneurs) who are sometimes called to intervene in the crises, but always through state authorities.

The general public is often distracted with pointless entertainment and encouraged to obey without question to a ‘paternal and benevolent’ elite that is doing everything (to the point of self-sacrifice) to protect them.

These aspects, along with others, prove that disaster movies, beyond their entertaining value, also present a ‘political response’ to a crisis. Behind a naive mode of fantastic storytelling, a silent message is communicated to the public: the ruler’s profound desire to see entities such as the army, the police or ‘prominent men’ take charge of the restoration and the rebuilding of a society in crisis, even if this means partially sacrificing democracy”.
– Ibid.

Contagion follows Ramonet’s blueprint of disaster movies to a tee. Right from the start, specific organizations are identified as the go-to guys and are automatically given the power to act on a massive scale, namely FEMA, the WHO, the American Red Cross and the CDC.

So what solution does Contagion propose in case of the outbreak of deadly disease? Martial law and mass vaccinations. What will happen if ever an actual disease would break out? Martial law and mass vaccinations. Would the masses questions this type of drastic response to a crisis which might or might not be necessary? No, because hundreds of hours of media content have prepared the masses for this kind of situation. Let’s look at the main components and messages found in Contagion.

Fear Spreads Faster Than Germs

The movie starts by showing how a few sick people, who go about their daily routine, can easily contaminate thousands of people. The point of the introduction is simple: A deadly virus can spread around the world in a matter of days. This realistic yet terrifying scenario is a very effective way to grip the audience and to cause a state of fear. During these scenes, the camera focuses for a few extra seconds on common objects that can transmit germs such as drinking glasses, just long enough for the viewer to realize: “Hey, I sometimes touch these things! That could be me! Aaaah!”

This sick guy could infect the entire bus. To add to the drama and scare factor, they name big cities and their population.

Beware of glasses of water being handed to you…

Not even a mother’s hug is safe.

Most of those who are infected with the virus do not live long. In a series of heartbreaking scenes, one of the main characters, Mitch Emhoff (played by Matt Damon), sees his wife and his son lose their lives to the virus. Viewers watching this tragedy play out are led to think “Hey, that’s the most terrible thing could happen to me! AAaaah!”

Watching Beth Emhoff (played by Gwyneth Paltrow) die from the virus is quite disturbing and certainly helps create a climate of fear.

This movie was released only a two years after the outbreak of H1N1 and the media hype that surrounded it, so that fear is still latent in many people. These scenes from Contagion reactivates the “fear virus” that was planted in people … and adds some. After a few minutes of panic-inducing scenes, most viewers will say “Oh my God, someone do something about this virus! This guy lost his wife and child, that’s awful! AAArgh!”. Heroes do step up to the plate and take charge of things … and it just so happens that they were involved in the making of the movie.

The Organizations That Take Charge

In Contagion, as soon as the virus becomes a threat, the entire American government escapes to an “undisclosed location” and “looks for a way of working online”. Meanwhile, specific real-life non-government organizations (NGOs) are identified by the movie as the “heroes” and the go-to people to handle the crisis. These organizations are promoted to the viewers and are given automatic legitimacy and trustworthiness. However, those who are educated about the world elite’s agenda for a New World Order know that these organizations have been know to push that agenda and everything that goes with it. In short, the movie says: “If a crisis like this happens, the government will disappear, democracy will be suspended and NGOs will take over”.

The agencies identified by the movie  are:

The CDC (Center for Disease Control), which has always heavily promoted vaccinations campaigns.

The World Health Organization (WHO) – which was accused, in the wake of the H1N1, of spreading “fear and confusion rather than immediate information”. In the movie however, the WHO is an important factor in the resolution of the problem.

FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency) and the American Red Cross manage the civilians. Contagion, shows viewers how emergency situations could quickly lead to martial law, which would automatically lead to the creation of civilian camps ran by FEMA, who needed some good PR after Hurricane Katrina.

Of course, the U.S. army is all over the place since martial law is defined as the “imposition of military rule by military authorities over designated regions on an emergency basis”.

So, in the wake of a “biological crisis”, the democratically elected American government basically dissolves and specific organizations (CDC, WHO, FEMA, the U.S. Army) take charge of all aspects of society. And this “taking charge” proceeds in a very specific way: Martial law and civilian camps.

Martial Law

In Contagion, the deadly virus is called MEV-1 and the social result of the outbreak is portrayed in a specific way. First, the general population, always depicted as idiotic, cattle-like and prone to violence, spirals out of control. The masses are always shown panicking, yelling, stealing, fighting and looting. This leads to a general breakdown of social order and a state of lawlessness.

A bunch of rude people looting a pharmacy to obtain medication.

Wherever regular people are put together, all sort of crap ensues. This goes along with the concept of “infantilization” of the masses, who require to be taken charge by “fatherly” authorities. And boy do the authorities take over.

The US Army imposes Martial Law and places the State of Minnesota in quarantine, blocking all traffic out of the state. Those who seek to leave the state are told to turn around and go back home.

Citizens are then directed to FEMA camps.

This stadium has been turned into a FEMA camp.

Civilians (even healthy ones) have their rights revoked and are directed to FEMA camps where they are fed and lodged. In this scene, the lack of “individual meals” to feed all of the camp’s population causes a small riot.

 

The Conspiracy Theorist

If specific groups and organizations are identified by the movie as “competent” and “trustworthy”, other groups get a very different treatment, namely alternative media. Personified by a blogger named Alan Krumwiede (played by Jude Law), alternative media are presented as unreliable sources bent on sensationalism and profit. In other words, the movie implies that information that does not come from “official” sources is invalid and potentially dangerous. Not exactly a pro-free-speech message.

“Truth Serum”, a blog run by Alan Krumwiede, resembles the many “alternative news” website around the web. This type of information, which does not come from mass media or governmental sources, is definitely not portrayed in a positive light.

Right from the start, Alan Krumwiede is portrayed as a somewhat dodgy blogger with a questionable work ethic and who does not get much respect from the journalistic nor the scientific community. When he tries to get one of his stories published in a newspaper called The Chronicle, he gets rejected due to lack of evidence behind his story. When he contacts a scientist regarding the virus, the scientist replies: “Blogging is not writing, it’s graffiti with punctuation”.

Despite this lack of respect from “competent” bodies, Alan Krumwiede has a wide audience and proudly boasts “millions of unique visitors per day” on his website. On it, he claims that a cure for the MEV-1 virus exists and is named Forsythia but it is repressed by the powers that be to sell vaccines. He also urges his readers not to take the vaccine that is given out by authorities.

The government apparently does not tolerate this kind of dissent. Krumwiede gets set up by an undercover agent to get him arrested. When he discovers the ploy against him the agent tells Krumwiede: “Alan, I didn’t have a choice, they’ve seen your blog”. Government agents then appear out of nowhere and arrest Krumwiede for “security fraud, conspiracy and most likely man slaughter”.

Krumwiede is arrested due to the contents of his blog. Contagion sends out a powerful message against “alternative” information sources: Diverging from “official sources” is dangerous and against the law.

It is later learned that Forsythia was a lie and that Krumwiede made 4.5 million dollars by promoting it to his readers. The chief of Homeland Security wants to put him in jail for a “long, long time”. However, due to his popularity, Krumwiede makes bail because, as the chief of Homeland Security states: “Evidently, there are 12 million people as crazy as you are”.

The character of Alan Krumwiede and the way he is portrayed is interesting for several reasons. First, he reflects the growing influence of blogs and alternative websites on public opinion – a recent phenomena that does not sit well with the elite that seeks to have the monopoly of information. By depicting this character as dishonest, corrupt and even dangerous to the public, the movie justifies the shunning of such writers and even their arrest. Nobody in the movie seems to mind that all of this is in direct violation of the First Amendment.

Second, when the H1N1 vaccine was released in 2009 and mass vaccination campaigns were organized, many citizens and authoritative figures including public health officials, doctors and specialists spoke against it. They claimed that the vaccine was unnecessary, insufficiently tested and that it had negative side-effects. By associating the corrupt figure of Alan Krumwiede with the “anti-vaccine movement”, the movie discredits all of those who question the necessity of mass vaccination campaigns. If another virus should strike, viewers of Contagion might be more prone to ignore these movements. In other words, the movie says: “Conspiracy theorists are corrupt liars that are dangerous to public safety and they should be arrested. Do not listen to them. They make money off phony cures. HOWEVER, those who make even more money off phony vaccines are good. Listen to authorities and get the vaccine … or you’ll die.”

The Ultimate Solution

After months of horror and hundreds of millions of deaths, a final solution emerges and saves humanity: Mass vaccination.

The only solution to do virus problem? A mass vaccination campaign.

Those who receive the vaccine get the privilege of wearing a scannable wristband. This allows them to go to public places such as shopping malls.

You get vaccinated, you get a barcode and go places. You don’t get vaccinated, you stay at home … and you die.

 

 

In Conclusion

Contagion may be presented as a work of fiction, but it communicates several important messages that authorities need the public to accept. To do so, the movie defines a specific problem that has actually occurred in the past, it identifies the agencies that have the right to take charge of the situation and proposes the only solution required to fix the problem. That solution is not pretty: The dissolution of the government, the imposition of martial law, the creation of civilian camps, forced vaccination campaigns and the suppression of free speech. Democracy and civil rights are summarily suspended and we witness the establishment of a highly controlled and monitored society (using barcodes).

Are disaster movies such as Contagion solely created for entertainment or are they also used to teach the public about what is acceptable and what is not when a disaster occurs? Would the World Health Organization participate in a movie simply to entertain people? Interesting fact: The movie was released on DVD at the same time the WHO got accused of exaggerating the death rate of the new H5N1 bird flu. The WHO has also recently allowed the publication of controversial research describing the creation of a mutant and highly contagious version of the virus. Could a weaponized version of the virus be purposely released on the public to justify martial law? Wait, maybe I shouldn’t say things like that. I don’t want to get arrested for “security fraud, conspiracy and most likely man slaughter”.

 

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sarahnp
3 years 29 days ago

I just read your analysis, VC. How blatant can the elite get. I gave up on hollyweird along time ago, but how many un-informed human beings are sucked into this matrix. Thank you again for your efforts.

AT
3 years 5 months ago

Great article. I knew the movie would be straight up propaganda when I first saw the poster for it online.. Disgusting.

Sam
3 years 9 months ago

This was overwhelming illuminating based on how the world has gone totally nuts over mass media and stuff but this is why I try to do something about how to live my life and not follow some lame-ass vaccination which don't mean anything but condemnation.

I choose freedom over this kind of captivity and slavery.

MAY GOD BE WITH US.

Kid From Illinois
3 years 10 months ago

I hate tv and hollywood now all those illuminati symbols and all 🙁 i wanted to be an actor, but with their media control. I AINT SELLING MY SOUL.

GOD PROTECT US.

DrH
10 months 28 days ago

Instead of getting all your ignorant fear-mongering information from the internet why don't you try going to a library and reading a peer reviewed scientific journal? Or better yet, go to university and get an education past grade school. Vaccines are the reason people don't get painful, disfiguring, even fatal diseases. Like polio. Think your making a heroic informed choice not to vaccinate your children? Search Google images for polio. Tell your children they'll just have to hope for the best.

JASON
11 months 10 days ago

Just got around to reading this now. Good observations.

katherynlamers
1 year 8 months ago

This is the positive side of movies which present problems that may occur from biochemical technology and advancement. Though it hasn't been proven on through accounts.

Binner
2 years 5 months ago

I'm curious, with all the information/misinformation, which way is a rational person to go?? If a epidemic/pandemic occurred who should a person turn to? To save yourself and your loved ones, any individual would go to any lengths…i.e. lie, steal, robbery. The will to survive kicks in. How, or better when, do you stop listening to "mass media" and decide you're better off listening to the "blogger"? I wouldn't know. Most Americans wouldn't know. WHO should you believe in?? I'd like that answer.

quuuuuuSF
2 years 9 months ago

swine flu vaccine repercussions report from 1979! (a 1976 swine flu vaccine promotional campaign-that's from before I was born.. incredible)
for part one:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X-UlMAXYFyM

John
2 years 10 months ago

Err, nonsense kevin. Real pandemics – when/where was the last one with significant fatalities ? And ho hos (whatever they might be) – many folk have stores of food, water, etc. alreasdy in place.

kevin
2 years 11 months ago
Wow. Talk about infantile masses. Great article but it is still an example of one person having an opinion and everyone that has posted has fallen right in line. All of these posts about a free thinking independent society and yet all of the sheep follow the shepherd here. Yes this film a blatant depiction of social fear mongering but pandemics are scary they are real and if human existence is destroyed by a virus because everyone wants to stick it to the man by not getting vaccinated I for one will be quite upset. The truth is that if… Read more »
so as Benasslick
3 years 17 days ago

Matt Damon Exposed

Warmonkey
3 years 4 months ago

Uh, a dictoral-style authority is needed in times of crisis. Would you rather Congress debate what to do and let millions of extra people die? When shit like this happens, it needs to be solved, and it needs to be solved quickly. Democracy isn't the answer to everything, unfortunately.

Sancisco
3 years 4 months ago

Well.. when a virus as depicted in Contagion does eventually infect the human population, I sincerely hope all of you "God will save me" believers don't turn to vaccination.. gives me a better chance of getting one!

The movie was quite enjoyable! And very interesting article as usual VC 🙂

Angie Bryant
3 years 11 months ago
When I watchedit with my family I got a lingering feeling that as soon as a widespread diesease happens the rich will get vaccined, people turning on eachother, ect. This movie actually made me wonder about the vaccines that are out there because at the end scene when they showed the types in the cooling chamber, my sister thought is was the cure to aids ( which I believe their is, their just not telling the public) and also about how blogs are going to be the alternait information we will probably read. Like this :), but on a serious… Read more »
Issela Santina
3 years 11 months ago

Don't you think getting that bar code wristband after vaccination is like, I don't know, getting a triple-six mark after 3.5 years of tribulation? Someone told me that while there was no teacher in class.

Revelation 2:9
3 years 11 months ago

I'm really happy i never saw this movie…what a waste of money, heard it was depressing. I'll also probably never get vaccinated again. Perfectly healthy before vaccination…sick for over a week afterwards for the first time in my life? yea…i'll ask the doctor to take one infront of me.

Interesting bit about how the blogger was accused of random crimes because they wanted to get him out of the way…..has this actually happened to anyone?

Pastor John
2 years 10 months ago

You'll 'never get vaccinated again.' Good idea. Eliminating yourself from the gene pool might have the effect of pushing up the IQ of the rest of the population.

3 years 11 months ago
I can barely handle any new Hollyweird propaganda/predictive programming flicks. They are all trying to condition us these days and all the movies are the same. I didn't finish watching "Contagion" as I knew what globalist crap to expect from it to begin with, yet I managed to stomach 20 minutes of it. Science fiction movies predict the future, so I wouldn't be surprised to see the Illuminati coming out with a new virus the U.S. made in one of the many bio-warfare facilities. Please, do me a favor and NEVER pay to see a Hollyweird movie, you are part… Read more »
Andreas
4 years 18 days ago

I just loooove the Who. Baba O'Reilly and Magic Bus, yeah!

Orlando
4 years 23 days ago
Wow, some people are really taking this movie thing out of context. The purpose was for the common "Joe-public" to THINK about the possibilities and hopefully be a little prepared to avoid the chaos they portrayed in the movie. Calm down everyone. Do more research OUTSIDE THE LAB (or off your blogs sometimes) and you'll see that the producer/director worked closely with the agencies to make it as close as possible. One of the messages they wanted to get out is that the world is not that big. We need to care what happens in other countries. For those who… Read more »
Jasmine
4 years 1 month ago

At the end with the bar code they put on people and they get to go places such as the mall…that comes from the bible dealing wih the mark 666 if people take the mark they will be able to buy things like food and clothes and if they don't they will die…

Jesus_is_coming_soon
4 years 1 month ago
This whole topic reminded me of this article that I read quite long ago. http://www.cuttingedge.org/news/n1753.cfm. It's about a guy who invented a Illuminati New world order card game way back in 1995. Secret services paid him a visit and tried to confiscate his stuff. This is why: On two of the cards, he predicted the attacks on the World trade center and Pentagon, some of these cards also have disease control and CDC on them. Dont know how this guy knew this stuff was going to happen, if he guessed it by accident or had inside info, but check how… Read more »
Hana
4 years 1 month ago

I did watch it and I was aware of all the propaganda. People need to be aware that is all!

SamanthaC
4 years 1 month ago

Great article! Does anyone else find it odd that this movie would be a in-flight movie choice on so many airlines? I have had flights recently in the Eu and Asia, and Contagion was a choice on all these flights. Are the airlines deliberately trying to freak us out on these flights or what? I mean, long-haul flights in economy are torturous enough…

llala
4 years 1 month ago

i would loke for someone to write back to me, to give me some advice. thanks god bless

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