Future Scenarios

Adam Curtis Documentaries on how systems shaped and distorted our world.

Documentary filmmaker Adam Curtis has an extensive body of work on how media, culture and systems thinking shaped (or distorted) our current world. Renown as a journalist and historian, Curtis have free access to the BBCs vast news archive, often using unexpected footages to create a "very strange" collage that illustrates current and past events. 

He is clearly a critic of market-based society, but not because of capitalism itself. All of his documentaries show that oversimplification and systematization of human agency in the second half of the 20th century failed to create a more stable society and made way to many horrors, often citing the Soviet Union, fake news and even the rise of Trump as an example of it.

Like Oil Giants before the Oil Crisis, the urge to make reality fit into systems, often blinds us from reality itself.

"Increasingly we live in a world where nothing makes any sense"

2015 Vice interview with Adam Curtis

The following youtube video is a quick segment about media and arts shaped Putin's Russia, more specifically, the role of the contemporary artist, writer, and powerbroker Vladislav Surkov - as mentioned by Jason in his presentation.

 

Below are some of his full documentaries. As ITP students, I highly recommend "Machines of Loving Grace", about the rise of Silicon Valley from the structures of Industrial Military Complex, 50s Cyberneticists, and a growing depoliticized Hippie movement. 

 

 

In his latest documentary, Bitter Lake, Adam Curtis tells the story of how Afghanistan became what it is today and the who were the actors in its transformation from tribal kingdom to the Taliban and shattered wartorn nation, starting with the unexpected arrival of hundreds of American Families in the 50s.

The first part of "The Trap - What Happened to our dream of Freedom", or what were the consequences of our cybernetic dream of numbers ruling the world.

News Now - Current state of News in 2018

My presentation for Future Scenarios and Systems Thinking class. March 2018.

Each week, a couple of students present their research on current subjects that could shape our near future. This is part of a larger Scenario building exercise, where the class will create different (but plausible) descriptions of the future - more specifically the year 2025. The goal is not to tell how the future will be, but to exercise our creativity and foresight capability in a fast-changing world.

For my presentation, I researched the current state of News. While other presentations focused on the role of Social Media and Fake News in societies perception of reality (or lack of), News Now takes a closer look at traditional news media outlets like news agencies and broadcasters. The questions answered were: who covers the news, who broadcasts, and what's people opinion on journalism in a moment where trust in institutions seem to be crumbling.