The century of the self

I enjoy watching documentaries, I prefer the factual programs to soaps, dramas, silly movies and reality TV.  I find it educational intellectual entertainment.  I came across The Century of the Self completely by chance.  It is a four part documentary by Adam Curtis.  In his own words the series is “about how those in power have used Freud’s theories to try and control the dangerous crowd in an age of mass democracy”.

I have always known that the media, politics and business do not just happen to market their ideas and products but they actively try to control what we think so we buy, vote or believe more of what they have.   The documentary shows how this came to be, and how Freud’s ideas and theories were interpreted and used to manipulate the crowds.

Reminds me of the Arabic phrase “waraya ya kherfan” translation; “behind me you sheep”.

Watch the series on Google video. 

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