Out of the Aeons: URANIUM
Night Gallery is named as homage to the brilliant and eloquent way that Rod Serling, creator of The Twilight Zone and Night Gallery, rebelled against the censorship of the corporate state sponsors.
Rod speaking to Mike Wallace about this in 1959, said: “Depending, of course on the thematic treatment you’re using, if you have the temerity to try to dramatize a theme that involves any particular social controversy currently extant, then you’re in deep trouble.” After giving a few examples, Wallace asked him who the culprit behind the heavy handed censorship was, and Serling responded: “ It’s a combination of culprits in this case, Mike. It’s partly network, it’s principally agency and sponsor, in many ways I think it’s the audience themselves.”
This conversation took place just over a decade after George Orwell wrote 1984, in which he describes the memory hole: a small chute leading to a large incinerator used for censorship. The pressing issues both writers addressed at the time are more relevant than ever now. And corporate state control of public discourse has grown to astonishing levels of power, sophistication and complexity, even as the floodgates to information have opened. Meanwhile public gathering spaces give way to private screens. Conversation recedes.
Hawk envisions these conversations as a space to turn away from the memory hole and towards each other and the urgent issues confronting our world. Derrick Jensen, a guest on Night Gallery, articulated the impetus for doing so in the book A Culture of Make Believe:
“If we hope to stem the mass destruction that inevitably attends our economic system (and to alter the sense of entitlement – the sense of contempt, the hatred – on which it is based), fundamental historical, social, economic, and technological forces need to be pondered, understood, and redirected. Behavior won’t change much without a fundamental change in consciousness. The question becomes: How do we change consciousness?”