Can't Get You Out of My Head: An Emotional History of the Modern World (Full Series)
February 14, 2021 4:11 AM - All Seasons - Subscribe

Love, power, money, ghosts of empire, conspiracies, artificial intelligence – and you. Dystopia revisited, through the mind of Adam Curtis.

A follow-up to his stunning HyperNormalisation, this is another fascinating study of power, manipulation, conspiracies, cabals and hypotheses. Curtis's view of the world is strange and thought-provoking, and whether or not you agree with what he has to say, it makes for compelling viewing.

All episodes now streaming via BBC iPlayer. HyperNormalisation is also available on iPlayer at the moment too.
posted by essexjan (4 comments total) 5 users marked this as a favorite
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posted by latkes at 5:05 PM on February 14, 2021

Just started watching this, excited to see what he’s building up over these next several hours.
posted by iamkimiam at 11:46 PM on February 14, 2021

I've watched it twice so far, and I will watch it again. There are a number of things I find very useful - the simple technique of telling every story - including the ones that are ridiculously familiar - as if they've not been heard before casts them in a new light; As does juxtaposing stories. I'm struck by the way linear connections (things happening in the same place separated by time, such as the British Empire and the United States fucking up Iraq in the same way almost a century apart) and lateral connections (things happening at the same time in different places, such as Afeni Shakur and Jiang Qing) resonate. Ultimately it is about resonances, and about asking questions rather than giving answers. However frustrating this last might be, it's appropriate, the overarching theme is asking how we can make a future that's not just a refurbishment of the past (one particular resonance is the way politicians fall back on cheap, nostalgic nationalism to get them out of a hole, something that never gets old. For the politicians, at least).

Weirdly, the series I'm left feeling echoes of (apart from previous Adam Curtis series) is Twin Peaks: The Return.
posted by Grangousier at 3:25 PM on February 16, 2021 [3 favorites]

I’m halfway through, hoping to finish soon. I’m so curious to see if this is going to go in the places I think it will.

The soundtrack is excellent as always.
posted by iamkimiam at 2:36 PM on March 13, 2021

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