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Title All Watched Over By Machines Of Loving Grace: The Use And Abuse Of Vegetational Concepts - Ep 2 of 3 / Director: Curtis, Adam
Published Australia : SBS ONE, 2011
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Summary All Watched Over By Machines of Loving Grace is a powerful, provocative three-part series from celebrated filmmaker Adam Curtis (The Power of Nightmares), which argues that humans have unwittingly been colonised by the machines that they have built, seeing everything in the world today through the eyes of computers.Episode 2: The Use and Abuse of Vegetational ConceptsThis is the story of how the modern scientific idea of nature, the self-regulating ecosystem, is actually a fantasy based on cybernetic ideas that were projected on to nature in the 1950s by ambitious scientists. A static machine theory of order that sees humans, and everything else on the planet, as components - cogs in a system.But in an age disillusioned with politics, the self-regulating ecosystem has become the model for utopian ideas of human 'self-organising networks' - dreams of new ways of organising societies without leaders. This powerful idea emerged out of the hippie communes in America in the 1960s, and from counterculture computer scientists who believed that global webs of computers could liberate the world.At the very moment this was happening, the science of ecology discovered that the theory of the self- regulating ecosystem wasn't true. Instead they found that nature was really dynamic and constantly changing in unpredictable ways. (From the UK) (Documentary Series) (Part 2 of 3) G CC
Event Broadcast 2011-10-25 at 20:30:00
Notes Classification: G
Subject Computers and civilization.
Cybernetics -- Social aspects.
Nature and civilization.
Social movements.
Wildlife conservation.
Form Streaming video
Author Anker, Peder, contributor
Bhedsoe, Sam, contributor
Botkin, Daniel, contributor
Brand, Stewart, contributor
Curtis, Adam, director
Forrester, Jay, contributor
Gibson, Randall, contributor
Hollenbach, Molly, contributor
Pickett, Steward, contributor
Swift, Dave, contributor
Taylor, Peter, contributor
Turner, Fred, contributor