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Blog: The Bubble - 2010-06-27

F0.png The Bubble June 27, 2010, Jefferson Hawkins, Leaving Scientology

There are several films that I think every Scientologist should see. One of them is The Truman Show, the 1998 film starring Jim Carrey. If you haven't seen it, rent it and I think you'll get a kick out of it.

The plot centers around a reality television show, "The Truman Show," whose main character, Truman Burbank, has lived his entire life since before birth in front of the cameras for the show, though he himself is unaware of this fact. Truman's life is filmed through thousands of hidden cameras, 24 hours a day and broadcast live around the world. Truman's hometown of Seahaven is a complete set built under a giant dome and populated by the show's actors and crew, allowing full control of every aspect of Truman's life. Everything he experiences is supplied by the show – his "family," his "friends," his "job," the newspapers he reads, the TV shows he watches, and so on.

To keep Truman from discovering the false reality of his life, he is bombarded with false news reports and advertising about how dangerous and hostile the world is outside of Seahaven, and how good and safe it is to stay at home. Despite all these precautions, Truman begins to notice oddities, and his sense of "cognitive dissonance" grows, particularly after he falls in love with an extra (not part of the script) and she tries to tell him the truth about his life. The girl mysteriously disappears (disconnection?).