Editor’s Note: The following contains spoilers for White Noise.Noah Baumbachof white noise It’s a very confusing film that’s not only artistic and beautiful, but also weird and satirical. The story begins to become somewhat entwined on its own, and it seems to have so many themes that it’s hard to tell what the central theme is. white noise, It is based on Don DeLilloThe 1985 book of the same name focuses on many of the issues of the 80s by emphasizing consumerism, and then on issues that are still prevalent today, such as religion and the fear of death. . One of his central themes in the film is family and how they relate to each other as you untangle the thematic ball of thread.
Throughout the film, the main character, Jack Gladney (Adam Driver) and wife Babette Gladney (Greta Gerwig) Mixed-race families speak and live in a series of contradictions, doing the odd job of making their children appear more intelligent than their parents. , one of the older members of the Baby Boomer generation. Their childhood was in the early days of television, but before first-hand world news and knowledge existed in every home.
Their children, by contrast, were accustomed to the plethora of information they were provided with, and rather than being born and growing up with the information age, they were accustomed to some of the major advances of the new information age. As a result, they were able to gather information more efficiently than their parents, and better check its accuracy. increase.
What’s interesting about this is that of white noise The storyline was based on the 1980s book, and DeLillo managed to capture an attitude that’s still surprisingly relatable nearly 40 years later. Especially since the COVID-19 pandemic.
In “White Noise” Jack confronts chaos as a scholar
Jack Gladney is a parody of a similar American scholar developmental arrestBuster Blues. He’s highly educated in a non-practical field, but he’s managed to make a living by carving out a space for himself (unlike Buster), regardless of how ridiculous this field is. Nevertheless, he spent most of his time working with others of the same level of education who admired his work and possessed a wealth of knowledge not commonly applied except for further study and education. Spending time with people. Jack is the head professor of “Hitler Studies” at “College-On-The-Hill” and his lectures are highly rated and popular. He and his friends discuss rather unhelpful topics such as the importance of Elvis and how to make Elvis studies as academic as Hitler studies (Don Cheadle), or how many times you urinated in the sink. Jack’s appeal is how his educational background and his attitude to disaster can be observed given the modern way of looking at the real world.
When toxic gas is accidentally released into his town, Jack’s attitude towards its handling by a fictional government is generally trusting. I know what I am doing and I am in control of it. In the face of objections, Jack does not appear to be phased by his concerns: at one point after the toxic gas vent, in the course of his evacuation, Jack said, “His family is the world’s fault.” It is the birthplace of information that has been widely used,” he tweeted. This is his one of his more profound moments. It may be the pudding proof of this phrase. Especially his son, Heinrich (Sam Nivola), often being the voice of reason in the family. Before anyone in his family, he’s cautious about gas and government procedures. The question is, who in the Gladney family is spreading misinformation in the cradle?
“Real world application of white noise”
After the world bakes bread, sings on balconies and goes crazy during the COVID-19 pandemic tiger king, And when I started dancing TikTok, there was tension in the league for reasons ranging from racial inequality and injustice to the handling of the pandemic itself. This tension still exists today, but has eased over time. There are an infinite number of factors that could have contributed to that inference, but one might be mistrust of what is misinformation and what could be censored.
According to CDC statistics, last updated in October 2022, only 65.5% of those aged 18-24 have both COVID-19, compared with 71% of those aged 25-49 and 82.7% of those aged 50-64. I am vaccinated. Percentage over 65 years old. In 2021, it was reported that people with a bachelor’s degree were more likely to know someone who had the COVID vaccine than those with less than a bachelor’s degree. Most of the disparities are based on mistrust of governments, vaccine safety, and reliance on knowledge acquired by government agencies to quickly learn about rapidly evolving issues. This same trend is reflected in Jack and Heinrich. Jack trusts these innuendos, but Heinrich is wary of them.
The problem was that governments, like people, seemed to be learning along the way. However, it becomes difficult to trust their authority when someone is learning about a new issue at the same time as you. , information is constantly being released from various sources, how can you not get confused? As for misinformation, this is not very clear. But juxtaposed with films that deal with public health crises and are at the same time highly complex, the statistics are thought-provoking. How relevant is this content in practice, and what is the message that both Baumbach and DeLillo are trying to convey?
What was once a strength can now become a weakness of society. There are countless ways to get information, and if you don’t trust your sources, it’s hard to know the truth. If you don’t know the truth, it’s a terrible thing.biggest message white noise What was offered was little focus, but served as a meta-problem within the film. How can you hear the truth when so many voices are talking like the white noise in the background of life?