Originally posted by shavixmir
Did anyone see the Adam Curtis 3-part documentary: All watched over by machines of loving grace?
How majestic in style and painful in realisation!
There are no Randian heroes, there are no balanced eco-systems and computers are not an example for human order, but rather a catalyst for genocide.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/All_Watched_Over_by_Machin ...[text shortened]... next, networks leave people helpless in the face of people already in power in the world."
Indeed. I honestly think that Adam Curtis vindicates TV as a medium. Sure, he's a polemicist, but that ought not to be an insult, particularly when his theses are so original and well-presented.
Those who enjoy(ed) AWOBMOLG
should try his other stuff: Century of the Self
, The Trap: Whatever Happened to our Dream of Freedom
and The Power of Nightmares
probably form the core of his work (although Pandora's Box
, amongst others, is also excellent). He also has an occassional blog on the BBC site.
I can't right now find the interview where he says that the best way to look at the overall sweep of his work is as looking at the influence of Nietzsche on the twentieth century, but for long-term fans it makes for an interesting prism through which to watch the films all over again. I rather hope he gets round to making another series more explicitly about that supposed thread through the disparate work.