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The Trap (BBC Documentary – Full episodes)

January 1, 2011 Leave a comment

What Happened to Our Dream of Freedom (2007) by producer, Adam Curtis.
The series consists of three one-hour programs which explore the concept and definition of freedom, specifically, “how a simplistic model of human beings as self-seeking, almost robotic, creatures led to today’s idea of freedom.

Episode 1: Fuck You Buddy

In this episode, Curtis examines the rise of game theory during the Cold War and the way in which its mathematical models of human behavior filtered into economic thought.

Episode 2: The Lonely Robot

The second episode reiterates many of the ideas of the first, but develops the theme that drugs such as Prozac and lists of psychological symptoms which might indicate anxiety or depression are being used to normalize behavior and make humans behave more predictably, like machines.

Episode 3: We Will Force You to Be Free

The final program focuses on the concepts of positive and negative liberty introduced in the 1950s by Isaiah Berlin. Curtis briefly explains how negative liberty could be defined as freedom from coercion and positive liberty as the opportunity to strive to fulfill one’s potential.¬†Curtis examined the Western-backed government of the Shah in Iran, and how the mixing of Sartre’s positive libertarian ideals with¬†Shia religious philosophy led to the revolution which overthrew it.