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    Hope all you in the UK watched the first parts of Curtis' new doco 'All Watched Over By Machines of Loving Grace' last night (whilst I had to labour for about 3 hours to get proxy server shite working so I could watch it on BBC iPlayer).

    I assume there are Adam Curtis fans here?

    Viewing all of his documentaries, most of which can be found here http://thoughtmaybe.com/browse/video/adam-curtis and reading virtually the entire contents of his blog at http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/adamcurtis/ has changed my view of power and human relations immeasurably. He is certainly has one of the finest political minds of our times, and added to that has a most unique and beautiful aesthetic, and a completely original technique.

    So, for those who did watch it: Discuss.
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    Well, he's an arresting editor and (this goes hand-in-hand) a master propagandist, but "finest political mind of our times" is a bit much.

    Is this new documentary the one in which Ayn Rand is the new Great Satan in place of Leo Strauss? (Leo Strauss is just so Noughties, darling.)

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    We actually had a really funny brawl about Adam Curtis back in the day -- not one of the ones you linked to, sadly.

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    I agree 'finest political mind' was a bit of hyperbole. I just think his combination of research, distilled theory and then his ability to present it all as a coherent narrative is completely unparalleled. Totally, totally ballsy. Or maybe I'm just naive.

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    Really enjoyed that show last night and really enjoyed stuff I have seen by him before. Of course its a very narrow minded view point but I still learn a lot even if you have to obviously have to remember its a very narrow view.

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    From what I recall, his caricature of Leo Strauss was big Popcorn balls. We had a big dumb row about it here and then we all went off and did a bit of reading and came back and had a slightly more articulate row about exactly the same thing -- so if anything Mr. Curtis spurred a little more effort on our part.

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