“Century Of The Self” a BBC Documentary by Adam Curtis

This is an extraordinary series (4 parts, each approximately an hour long). If you ever wanted to know anything about the history of modern, civilized consciousness watch this.

“This series is about how those in power have used Freud’s theories to try and control the dangerous crowd in an age of mass democracy.” – Adam Curtis

Information about the film on Wikipedia

Part One: “Happiness Machines.”

Part Two: “The Engineering of Consent.”

Part Three: “There is a Policeman Inside All Our Heads: He Must Be Destroyed.”

Part Four: “Eight People Sipping Wine In Kettering.”


Filed under: Corporations, Culture, Economics, History, Journalism, Media, Philosophy, Politics, Psychology

4 Responses

  1. Thanks for information.
    many interesting things

  2. Ed says:

    My pleasure 🙂

  3. louise says:


    Please could you let me know if there the Century of the Self is available on DVD – I know a load of “hungry” students who would love to know this stuff…

    regards, lou.

  4. Ed says:


    But they seem to be out at the moment. Try the wikipedia page…


    Otherwise, just get a laptop and a projector and stream it from google video (where you can download it).


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