- Man 1: Do you think we can do anything about it?
- Man 2: Well, why not? If we can work together now to look after the lives of the people here I don't see why we couldn't work together afterwards to clear up the mess; and help build a better world in which these things can't possibly happen.
- Narrator: The Qualities we've learned from comradeship and common suffering are not going to be wasted after this War. It is out of experiences like ours that the New World will be built.
— Adam Curtis
It is interesting seeing more critiques of Adam Curtis as a result of his show - this one seemed positive about his work but came away from the show feeling visually impressed but without any new ideas. The show was sort of just a skimming of previous works, drawing a bit from Pandora’s Box and his blog.
I’d say the most interesting stuff came from this post about Russia in the 1990’s. Especially about how Putin and Surkov have produced Staged Democracy.
This review was more harsh; the critic is an artist and seems familiar with the important ideas of post-modernity and spectacle. But he should look at Curtis’ rallying call to learn from history - to look at technology, power, and narrative.
Our current society has a goldfish memory - reporters and politicians only make simple, and usually flattering, comparisons to history. If the public had a more substantial grasp of the 20th Century they could demand leaders with more to offer; turning away from our current prospects of unimaginative, managed stagnation.
All of Mr.Curtis’ work is recommended