Part of Data Machinery

All Watched Over By Machines of Loving Grace

Adam Curtis

(UK 2011, 58 min)

In his triptych for BBC television, documentary film maker Adam Curtis lifts the skepticism surrounding the present digital age to a higher level. In part 3 of the series, the recurring question is whether man is able to interfere in the world in a useful manner at all. How fruitful are our attempts to turn the world into a more stabile place anyway? In a smartly constructed manner, Curtis seems to build a strong argument in favour of the positive role of science. However, gradually the truth of his message comes out: why is it that we are all too willing to believe that genetic codes are the cause of human behaviour? Moreover, the so-called humanist nature of our culture obscures a technological perception of the world and ourselves which is heavily influenced by computers.


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