von MAXIMILIAN OEHL
The term hypernormalization was initially used by Berkeley anthropologist Alexei Yurchak to describe how the population in the 1980s Soviet Union – despite the apparent malfunctioning of the political and societal system – maintained a pretense of its functioning. Thus hypernormalizing the status quo means accepting an artificial world created by citizens and politicians alike as real although one knows about its ‘fakeness’. This blogpost discusses in what way international law serves purposes of hypernormalization and what international lawyers can do about it.
HyperNormalisation – the movie
In his recent BBC documentary, filmmaker Adam Curtis contends that decision-makers worldwide, overwhelmed by the complexity of global politics, have started to create an artificial, simpler version of the world over the past decades. This ‘fake’ world blinds out the complexity of the real one and thus allows us as citizens, who play along the ‘game’, to live with the reassuring feeling of knowing what is ‘right’ and what is ‘wrong’. Weiterlesen …