Truman Show en vrai !

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Truman Show en vrai !

Message par Lensman » mar. juin 05, 2012 11:21 am

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> ... ore-common
> Nicholas Marzano believes he's the subject of a secret reality show,
> and everyone in his town of Hillside, Illinois is in on it. He's suing
> HBO in federal court for, in his words, "filming and broadcasting a
> hidden camera reality show depicting the day-to-day activities of
> plaintiff" without his consent. His suit, filed in April, alleges that
> HBO has hidden cameras throughout his home, installed controlling
> devices in his car, enlisted the help of local police, and recruited
> actors to portray "attorneys, government and law enforcement
> officials, physicians, employers, prospective employers, family,
> friends, neighbors, and co-workers," all so that their show about his
> life can continue. Marzano also says HBO is keeping him from getting a
> job or paying his bills, so that he will be forced to remain on the
> show.
> He appears to be a perfect example of what psychiatrist brothers Joel
> and Ian Gold describe, in a paper published this week in the journal
> Cognitive Neuropsychiatry, as "Truman Show" delusion — sufferers
> believe they are "the 'star' of a reality television show secretly
> broadcasting their daily life, much like the main character in Peter
> Weir’s film The Truman Show." Between the movie's 1998 release and
> 2006, they saw five patients with the delusion, and news reports from
> around the world since then have turned up even more disturbing cases.
> With the increasing popularity of YouTube and reality TV, the Golds
> think the disorder is on the rise. "Truman Show" delusion may be the
> early 21st century's paranoia du jour.
> "Patient 1," the Golds write, was admitted to a psychiatric hospital
> after he went to a federal building in New York City seeking "asylum"
> from his reality show. He said "his life was like The Truman Show" and
> he demanded to speak to "the director." He believed the 9/11 attacks
> had been faked for the benefit of his show, and he'd come to New York
> to see if the World Trade Center towers were still standing. If they
> were, this would be definitive proof that he was on a show.
> According to clinical reports at the time of his admittance, "Patient
> 2" believed he was under "the control of an extended network of
> individuals who are [...] taping him continually [...] and
> broadcasting the tapes nationally for viewers’ enjoyment as part of a
> scenario similar to [...] The Truman Show.’’
> "Patient 3" was a newspaper reporter. He believed his media colleagues
> were faking TV, print, and Internet news "for his amusement." When
> hospitalized for his delusions (and for hinting that he might commit
> suicide), he thought his hospitalization was part of a "build-up" to a
> lucrative journalism prize he was about to win — he believed all his
> friends were in on the joke, and that everyone in the hospital was an
> actor. He tried to escape from the hospital so he could check the
> difference between real news on the outside and "fake" news he was
> receiving there. Drug treatment helped somewhat — by the time he was
> released, he said ‘‘there is an 80% chance that I will treat the
> hospitalization as if it is for real.’’
> "Patient 4" actually worked on a reality show. He worked in
> production, but came to believe he was part of the cast of a "secret"
> show: ‘‘I thought I was a secret contestant on a reality show. I
> thought I was being filmed. I was convinced I was a contestant and
> later the TV show would reveal me.’’ He believed the "secret" show was
> funded by his family, and that the secret film crew could control his
> thoughts.
> For "Patient 5," the delusion took the form of a "scheme," which he
> said was like The Truman Show. Like Marzano, he said everyone in his
> life was an actor. He believed he might be recorded in the hospital,
> and that the news he saw was faked as part of the scheme. He expressed
> a desire to "get back to my real life’’ to find out ‘‘what’s really
> going on in the outside world;" he also believed he would be released
> from the scheme on Christmas Day. Interestingly, "Patient 5" thought
> he himself was the "master" of the scheme.
> Gold and Gold, who first popularized the term "Truman Show" delusion
> in 2008, also cite several media reports of the affliction. In 2007, a
> Florida psychiatrist named William Johns III kidnapped a child in New
> York and choked the child's mother — ABC reported that, according to
> friends, Johns had said he had to go to New York to "get out of 'The
> Truman Show'."
> And in 2009, an Australian man named Antony Waterlow murdered his
> father and sister, believing they were part of a "world wide game" to
> kill him or force him to commit suicide. Waterlow told a psychiatrist
> that "computers were accessing his brain through brainwaves and
> satellites" and that "his family was screening his life on the
> internet for the world to watch, akin to the film The Truman Show."
> None of the patients Gold and Gold describe appear to have taken the
> step of suing a television network. However, excessive litigation can
> itself be a symptom of mental illness — Nicholas Marzano may suffer
> both from "Truman Show" delusion and from "litigious paranoia."
> In any case, it's unlikely that his lawsuit, in which Marzano demands
> HBO pay him everything they owe for the "production, sales,
> distribution, and syndication" of his reality show, will cure his
> mental problems. Joel Gold says the recommended treatment for "Truman
> Show" delusion is the same as for any other delusional belief —
> antipsychotic drugs, and possibly cognitive-behavioral therapy. The
> only special addition for "Truman Show" sufferers: they may be advised
> to watch less reality TV. Which may not be such a bad thing for
> everyone.


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