Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Feedback loops, geodesic domes, and social cybernetics

Reading Mellencamp this week and listening to lecture today about the technological utopianism of the late-'60s and early-'70s, I couldn't help but recall "All Watched Over By Machines of Loving Grace," a 2011 BBC broadcast by one of my favorite contemporary essay filmmakers, Adam Curtis. Episode Two of this fascinating three-part series dives into this era (zeroing in on the libertarian California Ideology that spawned Silicon Valley) and lays out a fascinating primer on the subject. Highly recommended.


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