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Sunday, October 19, 2008


century of the self

a BBC documentary series of four parts by adam curtis.

"This series is about how those in power have used Freud's theories to try and control the dangerous crowd in an age of mass democracy." - Adam Curtis

within the first twenty minutes of the first episode, "happiness machines", the shattering implications that still resound, even dominate in our day of what can only be called the freudian paradigm -- one aspect of which, as curtis makes plain, is consumer culture -- become obvious.

could that paradigm now be under attack? is a common undercurrent that threads together consumer culture, demotic politics, the culture of fear, therapy and low expectations, and the ascendency of entertainment facing a challenge? a lurch away from the emotionalism of desires in a crisis of the real? a foregoing of alimited narcissist fantasy for limitation, obligation and leadership?

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