The Century Of The Self 1 of 4 | One: Happiness Machines

NOTE; Due to a copyright claim on the second part of this series, made by BBC Worldwide, I’m unable to upload the rest of this series on YouTube. I’m currently trying to contact their organization about the issue and searching for a peaceful resolution, in which neither would have anything to lose. I will let you know how things progress. Series information; Adam Curtis’ acclaimed series examines the rise of the all-consuming self against the backdrop of the Freud dynasty. To many in both politics and business, the triumph of the self is the ultimate expression of democracy, where power has finally moved to the people. Certainly the people may feel they are in charge, but are they really? The Century of the Self tells the untold and sometimes controversial story of the growth of the mass-consumer society in Britain and the United States. How was the all-consuming self created, by whom, and in whose interests? The Freud dynasty is at the heart of this compelling social history. Sigmund Freud, founder of psychoanalysis; Edward Bernays, who invented public relations; Anna Freud, Sigmund’s devoted daughter; and present-day PR guru and Sigmund’s great grandson, Matthew Freud. Sigmund Freud’s work into the bubbling and murky world of the subconscious changed the world. By introducing a technique to probe the unconscious mind, Freud provided useful tools for understanding the secret desires of the masses. Unwittingly, his work served as the precursor to a world full of political

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16 Responses to The Century Of The Self 1 of 4 | One: Happiness Machines

  1. oldoldoldoldold says:

    That’s fine. I mean, we have to watch this on something right? A Sony TV, an Apple iPad, a Dell computer, whatever. It’s not like the government will produce any of those things, companies are against that.

  2. Pariahterra says:

    This is nothing new, the Romans called it bread and circuses.

  3. Drumsgoon says:

    The problem with the ‘passive’ consumers notion, is that people are not just consumers, but also producers (workers, investors) and possibly entrepreneurs. The Keynesian ‘economic class struggle’ fallacy is one of the biggest misunderstandings of the working of economics.

  4. Drumsgoon says:

    The idea that a product you buy expresses who you are (partly), is not crazy or evil. Nor is the idea that desires are a good reason for buying something. However, one should still consider these aspects of products in relation to one’s savings, spending of one’s time, etc. In other words, rational action is still necessary. Doing things for what other people will think about you – whether consumption or something else -, that is the real evil.

  5. GSR1original says:

    beware guys usually ppl this high on the food chain usually have despicable thoughts on humanity becuase they are so out of tune with reality and society has done this to them really its spiritual i mean who wants alot of money and crap like that because it leads to this behavior. all i need is some family friends and community job and some good ol healthy active sports or some kind of recreation thats healthy this is spirituality 101 quit wanting more thats the OTHER fishermans hook ^

  6. GSR1original says:

    hmm your quotes are very awing very thought provoking good work

  7. GSR1original says:

    2 min in and im scared as hell well any who down the rabbit hole i go wish me luck

  8. theoverman88 says:

    it’s awesome how this video freezes every 3 seconds. makes it really easy to watch and i don’t get angry at all

  9. Nandini Basu says:

    Can someone please tell me the name of the opening track?

  10. Alan Botelho says:

    and exploitation of the earth by the way

  11. Alan Botelho says:

    after a century of consumerism. 

  12. waleed shehadat says:

    Anyone could do a favor to me by telling me the way to find the text of this video. I was requested to translate it into Arabic.

  13. kofferfischii says:

    Keynes on Wilson, what a fake and what a turnout.

  14. kallesmamm says:

    Chief Rabbi of Israel Ovadia Yosef(Founder of shas party , voted the 22 best israeli) : “Goyim [non-Jews] were born only to serve us. Without that, they have no place in the world — only to serve the People of Israel.” “”With gentiles, it will be like any person – they need to die, but [God] will give them longevity. Why? Imagine that one’s donkey would die, they’d lose their money. This is his servant.. That’s why he gets a long life, to work well for this Jew”

  15. Byenia says:

    Preying on base desires and fears. And all for what? Money. Power. 😛 I don’t want to buy this fear-baited corruption any longer.

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