The magazine of the Süddeutsche Zeitung dedicated a longer article to Peter Joseph, including the third in the series, Zeitgeist: Moving Forward, and the Zeitgeist Movement in 2011. Despite all the criticism that can be summed up with the word "conspiracy theory nonsense" related to the films, the films are "a cultural phenomenon with an audience of millions" and essential components of a global subculture represented on the Internet. This is due to the fact that the theories put forward in the films, similar to Dan Brown's novels, are inherently coherent and exciting and provide simple explanations for complex problems, such as financial policy. The ideas of another world, as expressed in the film Zeitgeist: Addendum, correspond to those of a “land of milk and honey”. Attempts are made to create a "totalitarian society in which a few alpha people - scientists, technology geeks - operate the computers". For many of his followers, Peter Joseph is an authority whose theses they would repeat without reflection. Zeitgeist: Moving Forward appears serious, but has not always been researched in a serious way, since scientists involved in the film were left in the dark about the background of the film series and would otherwise not have participated. An article on Weeyoo.com presents the future vision of a money-free economy, where advanced technology enables people to get by with almost no work, and the surface of the earth with automated, tightly planned cities “will take on a whole new shape in less than 15 years " should. Critics wrongly fear that the machines will rule, but it is questionable whether the ideas of the Venus project can be realized at all. An article in the taz warned, referring to the Zeitgeist movement, that the protest campers of the Occupy movement should "watch out that they are not kidnapped by an obscure sect-like movement - if that has not actually happened."  Thereupon they distanced themselves Frankfurt activists from the Zeitgeist movement and took measures to avoid being instrumentalized by individual political groups. The owners of the online community studiVZ had "so-called Zeitgeist groups" deleted from their network in 2009, including the group "Zeitgeist-Revolution.de". As a justification, they cited conspiracy-theoretical and structural anti-Semitic tendencies that they had identified in Peter Joseph's films.   The statement from StudiVZ stated, among other things: “It is not our intention to hinder or prevent alternative opinions and news, but we have been watching with great concern the development of theories, e.g. B. were initiated by the Zeitgeist films. The ideas of gray eminences, elites or secret societies pulling the strings in the background are not new. "For the German watch blog Belltower.News, the connection between Joseph's film and the movement turns out to be very close, they are "not so easy to break down and, above all, no real difference can be seen from the outside." A clear condemnation of anti-Semitism on the part of the movement however, it is completely absent.