A few days ago, I wrote that last year’s government Covid advice about disinformation, when read today in the light of recently published science, was itself disinformation. That night I watched ‘Web of Chaos’, an hour-long Television New Zealand, TVNZ, government-funded documentary compiled with the help of main players from our very own Disinformation Project.
Web of Chaos is deeply anti-intellectual, anti-religious, against medical choice, and politically biased. Is this just a lone-wolf director giving us his opinion? No. It is funded propaganda. As such, it is part of a wide-ranging ongoing government campaign to control the New Zealand (“NZ”) public narrative.
[According to an Official Information request, the documentary’s production name and the overseas marketed name is ‘Manufacturing Chaos’ but it is being promoted in NZ with the title ‘Web of Chaos’.]
Watching Web of Chaos many of you, hopefully, would have been concerned. However, some might have felt entertained or imagined themselves better informed. Unfortunately, most people would have been left believing that the unvaccinated were in the process of arming themselves for a violent revolution. None of this is true. The documentary used violent imagery to suggest associations that don’t exist and thereby sought to manipulate public opinion and sell Ardern’s internet censorship agenda to the public.
This was journalism turned upside down by government money – a hallmark of repressive regimes. The programme openly sought to redesign key elements of the historic cultural and intellectual fabric of our nation. Let’s deconstruct what was said and try to understand the motivations:
The program appeared to start on safe ground by pointing out that social media giants host some violent content and use algorithms to keep their audience glued to their screens. Enter Kate Hannah, director of the government-funded Disinformation Project. Kate has an MA in American literary culture from where she has segued into the cultural history of science. She introduced herself over images of violence and fascist marches saying: