all watched over by machines of loving grace


Adam Curtis is a documentary film maker whose work deals with understanding the confusing threads of capitalism, international politics, finance and computers. He's very good at presenting complex ideas in a way that is easy to understand. I enjoy reading his blog, and perhaps a good introduction would be his series 'All Watched Over by Machines of Loving Grace'. It's a three-part series on the failure of computers to liberate us or create freedom, and how they've "distorted and simplified our view of the world around us". Something I'd think about a lot more than I do already if my Facebook-atrophied mind could concentrate for longer than a goldfish. 

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