Documentary: Century of the Self

As you may have guessed, I like documentaries.  So, I’ll be posting some of my favorites.

Today, Adam Curtis’ Century of the Self.  This four part series first aired on the BBC in March/April of 2002 and looks at the influence of Sigmund Freud on advertising. Fascinating stuff here.  Makes you think about what we are told is “essential” for our lives, why we are told to want things, and whether or not we actually need as much as we would like to consume.

Part 1: Happiness Machines


Part 2: The Engineering of Consent


Part 3: There is a Policeman Inside All Our Heads, He Must Be Destroyed


Part 4: Eight People Sipping Wine in Kettering


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