Wednesday, April 12, 2006

The Century of the Self

If you enjoyed Adam Curtis' documentary, "The Power of Nightmares," you might want to check out his earlier film, "The Century of the Self." The latter is now online, too.

Where TPoN probed the nature of the overblown threat of Al Qaeda, TCotS probes how consumerism has essentially destroyed the modern conception of democracy.

To put it another way, TPoN is a video CliffsNotes version of Jason Burke's Al Qaeda. TCotS is the video CliffsNotes version of Stuart Ewen's PR!. Both, of course, feature some twists by Curtis, which are usually enlightening.