Curtis gets Curtised

I’m only one-third through Adam Curtis’s latest film, All Watched Over by Machines of Loving Grace, and as usual I am hooked in and provoked by his work. But as with his previous films, there is a certain something about how Curtis constructs his arguments… The way he picks out a distinct element or personal value and makes it the core element that explains EVERYTHING. Don’t get me wrong, I would describe The Century of the Self, The Power of Nightmares, and The Trap as essential viewing, and since his films are readily available online I hope lots of people watch them. He’s also a brilliant blogger.

But I can’t ignore that something feels off for me in his rhetorical concatenations… and this slick parody helps me to understand what that something is:

Gotta love that CC attribution rip at the end…

Anyhow, on to Part Two of AWOBMOLGMike says it’s the best one.

4 thoughts on “Curtis gets Curtised

  1. That’s brilliant. I’ve only seen The Power of Nightmares, which is a masterpiece imo, and this nails it. I love the, “Meanwhile . . . “

  2. Its a little bit easier to critique Curtis, because his latest is more about present day, and an agreeable history isn’t yet formed. I think part 2 is the better of the 3. But the 3rd disturbed me the most.

  3. I’m looking forward to seeing parts 2 &3 of AWOBMOLG… My misgivings aside, Curtis is never boring, and always gets the wheels turning.

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