Posts Tagged ‘Adam Curtis’

BBC: All Watched Over by Machines of Loving Grace (2011)

14/09/2013
All Watched Over by Machines of Loving Grace

All Watched Over by Machines of Loving Grace

A series of films about how humans have been colonized by the machines we have built. Although we don’t realize it, the way we see everything in the world today is through the eyes of the computers.

1. Love and Power
In the first episode, Curtis tracks the effects of Ayn Rand’s ideas on American financial markets, particularly via the influence on Alan Greenspan.

2. The Use and Abuse of Vegetational Concepts
This episode investigates how machine ideas such as cybernetics and systems theory were applied to natural ecosystems, and how this relates to the false idea that there is a balance of nature. Cybernetics has been applied to human beings to attempt to build societies without central control, self organising networks built of people, based on a fantasy view of nature.

3. The Monkey In The Machine and the Machine in the Monkey
This programme looked into the selfish gene theory which holds that humans are machines controlled by genes which was invented by William Hamilton. Adam Curtis also covered the source of ethnic conflict that was created by Belgian colonialism’s artificial creation of a racial divide and the ensuing slaughter that occurred in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, which is a source of raw material for computers and cell phones.

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It Felt Like a Kiss (2009)

06/01/2011
It Felt Like a Kiss

It Felt Like a Kiss

The story of America’s rise to power starting in 1959, it uses nothing but archive footage and Amercia pop music. Showing the consequences on the rest of the world and in peoples mind.

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BBC: The Trap: What Happened to Our Dream of Freedom (2007)

02/01/2011
The Trap: What Happened to Our Dream of Freedom

The Trap: What Happened to Our Dream of Freedom

The series consists of three one-hour programmes which explore the concept and definition of freedom, specifically, “how a simplistic model of human beings as self-seeking, almost robotic, creatures led to today’s idea of freedom.”

1. Fuck You Buddy
2. The Lonely Robot
3. We Will Force You To Be Free

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The Power of Nightmares: The Rise of the Politics of Fear (2004)

29/12/2009
The Power of Nightmares

The Power of Nightmares

The Power of Nightmares, subtitled The Rise of the Politics of Fear, is a BBC documentary film series, written and produced by Adam Curtis.

The films compare the rise of the Neo-Conservative movement in the United States and the radical Islamist movement, making comparisons on their origins and claiming similarities between the two. More controversially, it argues that the threat of radical Islamism as a massive, sinister organised force of destruction, specifically in the form of al-Qaeda, is a myth perpetrated by politicians in many countries—and particularly American Neo-Conservatives—in an attempt to unite and inspire their people following the failure of earlier, more utopian ideologies.

Part 1: “Baby It’s Cold Outside”
Part 2: “The Phantom Victory”
Part 3: “The Shadows in the Cave”

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