Friday, March 09, 2007

The Trap

Some of you may recall the fascinating documentary The Power Of Nightmares by Adam Curtis that aired on the BBC a couple of years ago. Curtis is back this Sunday with the first installment of his latest three-part series. It's called The Trap: What happened to our dream of freedom and it's well worth catching.

The Trap traces the history of the modern notion of human beings as isolated individuals locked into competition with each other, from its initial emergence in the Rand Corporation's paranoid Cold War games, through to current neoliberal management techniques ("key performance indicators" etc), and on to the "war on terror".

There's an in-depth preview of the series in Socialist Worker this week. You might also want to check a recent Guardian article that focuses more on the psychology side of the documentary than the politics.

Anyhow - set your video: BBC2, 9pm, Sunday 11 March.