Based on my friend’s recommendation I started watching the three part documentary All Watched Over by Machines of Loving Grace by Adam Curtis. I have so far watched Part One and Part Two.
The overarching concept:
A series of films about how humans have been colonized by the machines they have built. Although we don’t realize it, the way we see everything in the world today is through the eyes of the computers. It claims that computers have failed to liberate us and instead have distorted and simplified our view of the world around us.
Part One is titled Love and Power and focuses on the idea that computers could revolutionize the world through network systems which would eventually create a world without hierarchy or a need for the state or government (at least not how we have known it in the past). This was really a fascinating one to watch as Curtis connected Ayn Rand, Alan Greenspan, Bill Clinton, the IMF, South Asian markets of the late 1990s, 9/11 and of course, computers into a seamless narrative. There is a lot to take in, and I had to rewind it at times to fully understand the connections he was making, but overall just a fascinating perspective of the world and the machines that run much of it.
Part Two tomorrow…
From Part One (this excerpt really made me think about my blog as well as social media sites I am a part of):