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Too Much Information is the sober hangover after the digital party has run out of memes, apps and schemes. Host Benjamen Walker finds out that, in a world where everyone overshares the truth 140 characters at a time, telling tales might be the most honest thing to do.

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Options September 23, 2013: Adam Curtis: An Essay Writer Who Uses Television

We're joined tonight by the documentary filmmaker Adam Curtis. He’s directed films such as The Power of Nightmares, The Century of the Self, and most recently All Watched Over by Machines of Loving Grace

Adam Curtis is in town courtesy of the Park Avenue Armory which is presenting his new project called Massive Attack vs Adam Curtis. Performances start this weekend.

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Adam Curtis  All watched over by machines of loving grace - Episodio 1: Love and power (Adam Curtis)   Options

All watched over by machines of loving grace from mayo11 on Vimeo.

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Adam Curtis  This is a documentary series made by the BBC, and broadcasted between October 20th, 2004 to November 3rd, 2004. It is made up of three episodes.   Options

Get it on Archive.org
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Adam Curtis  Adam Curtis: The Century of the Self   Options

Adam Curtis: The Century of the Self from therebel.org on Vimeo.

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Listener comments!

Avatar 6:08pm the glowing one:

I'm really excited about this interview.
  6:09pm mat:

I am too!
Avatar 6:13pm bw:

Listen close -- there will be a ticket giveaway quiz later in the show for his program at Park Ave Armory
Avatar 6:13pm Fredericks:

Who is Adam Curtis? I missed the beginning.
Avatar 6:15pm the glowing one:

@Fredericks: "All Watched Over by Machines of Loving Grace" ring a bell?
Avatar 6:19pm the glowing one:

Q: What projects have you queued up? What topics interest you right now that might turn into a project?
Avatar 6:21pm the glowing one:

Haha, I get that feeling everytime I watch a BBC science program.
Avatar 6:25pm the glowing one:

Journalism fails to give us satisfying answers. And it's annoying that they're not even trying.
Avatar 6:28pm Fredericks:

Yes, Glower! All caught.
Occupy was crushed by a violent authoritarian system.
Avatar 6:29pm the glowing one:

There's an interesting tidbit I've read about the NSA recently: the agency is so compartmentalized (out of security reasons) that there's not a single person or section within the agency that knows the whole picture. It's a headless organism.

I think the human race is currently transforming from a state forming species to a swarm forming species.
Avatar 6:29pm Fredericks:

And a compliant media owned by the authorities.
Avatar 6:31pm steve:

this is the best explanation of whatever it is that's being explained that i've ever heard.
Avatar 6:32pm Fredericks:

The media is playing its gatekeeping role, if their job is to support the powers that be.
Avatar 6:34pm the glowing one:

It's technological problem: playback devices are everywhere and they have access to everything digitized from the past.

Why not use them all the time?
  6:37pm Alicia Renee:

prescriptive journalism?...seems on a large scale that would both galvanize and further push towards swarm-mentality. but encouraging journalists, media makers and all others for that matter to look forward (or hell, just observe NOW), yes, please.
Avatar 6:37pm bw:

Any questions for our guest Adam Curtis?
Avatar 6:39pm the glowing one:

Yeah, I asked one @6:19
  6:39pm Brigitte Golde:

I am wondering what kind of discourse Adam Curtis might have had with his critics after having created the Century of the Self. Also, would he offer any sort of Epilogue?
  6:41pm bngolde:

  6:44pm bngolde:

Also, what I want to commend Adam Curtis' production music choices. Particularly when the name "Anna Freud" appears again and again! Bravo! Bravi!
  6:45pm mat:

yes, I have one question! Does Adam Curtis trust images? What is his relationship with them?
  6:47pm Alicia Renee:

@mat seconded
  6:48pm Dan Phiffer:

Yeah related to mat's question -- I love the documentaries Adam Curtis makes, but I feel that the film clips are tweaking my perception of his words in a way that could be described as "manipulative." There might be other words you could use to describe it, but I'm curious how he might describe it.
Avatar 6:55pm the glowing one:

This hour was way too short.
  6:57pm bngolde:

Another question: does Curtis find it morally vacuous for a person to be involved in marketing that capitalizes upon a thorough understanding of the neural underpinnings of emotional behavior in response to brands and adverts?
  6:59pm kimadactyl:

thanks adam that was great!
  7:00pm bngolde:

What a shame this is ending. Thank you for a wonderful talk.
Avatar 7:01pm the glowing one:

Yeah. Thank you, Adam. Keep on doing the good work!
Avatar 7:05pm the glowing one:

@bngolde: In case you still read the playlist, are you asking for absolution? I guess you should ask that question to yourself, really. It's not for him to decide whether you (not meaning: a person like you) are doing the right thing, but for you yourself.
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