Zeitgeist creator Peter Joseph released a statement on his website denying a link between his film series and Jared Loughner’s mental health issues.
It has come to my attention that various mainstream news organizations are beginning to run an association between my 2007 performance piece/film, “Zeitgeist: The Movie” and the tragic murders conducted by an extremely troubled young man in Tucson, Arizona. They are also slowly beginning to bleed the obvious line between my 2007 documentary work, my film series as a whole and The Zeitgeist Movement, which I am the founder. Frankly, I find this isolating, growing association tremendously irresponsible on the part of ABC, NBC and their affiliates – further reflecting the disingenuous nature of the America Media Establishment today.
It appears to have begun with a comment on NBC news referencing my film along with other “influential” films as well, such as Richard Kelly’s film “Donnie Darko” and then spreading to ABC News where it singled out “Zeitgeist: The Movie” and the Series itself, stating:
“Osler pointed to an online documentary series called “Zeitgeist” as a possible influence on the man. The series rails on currency-based economics.
“I really think that this ‘Zeitgeist’ documentary had a profound impact on Jared’s mindset and how he viewed that world that he lives in,” Osler said.”
In fact, the main stream media never really followed up on the Zeitgeist piece of the puzzle. Joseph noted that Loughner’s friend Osler hadn’t been in contact with Loughner in two years. That may be the case, but it that doesn’t mean the film series had no influence on Loughner, or that there was something about the series that attracted the attention of a young man whose mental health was deteriorating.
After blaming society at large and railing against the media for its lack of scientific understanding, Joseph went on to plug his new movie.
In conclusion, let it be stated that the Zeitgeist Film Series is about critical thought regarding various social issues which challenge many erroneous notions held as fact in the modern culture. It also explicitly promotes non-violence, human unity and prosperous human development based on truth and science.
Anyone who wishes to really understand the works can view them for free online at zeitgeistmovie.com and my new film, which will detail how a new,humane social system can work, will be 315 theaters in 60 countries and 30 language starting Jan 15th 2011.
Here’s another description of the Zeitgeist movement:
Is this left-wing or right-wing? Money cranks come in both flavors, but in the case of Zeitgeist the labels “left” and “right” are pretty useless descriptors. The best label would probably be “New Age paranoia.” If you’ve ever gone browsing in an occult bookstore (and you really should; it’s like browsing in a science fiction bookstore, only the authors really believe the stories they’re writing, or pretend to), you may have seen a shelf labeled “conspiracies” right alongside the sections marked “astrology” or “Tarot.” People who write about fringe politics often miss the extent to which New Agers serve as a transmission belt, allowing ideas from the left, the right, and the counterculture — not to mention more outré folks like the UFO buffs — to slide from one subculture to another.
Loughner’s interest in Zeitgeist is one piece of a complex puzzle. I don’t think anyone is arguing that it actually led Loughner to gun down twenty innocent people. But it certainly provides more evidence that Loughner didn’t identify with the Tea Party movement.