Suspect Nation (Channel 4 – 2006)

15 04 2010

Observer journalist Henry Porter reveals how, in the UK, citizen’s movements are being watched, and recorded more than ever before.

Henry Porter (born 1953) is an English author and journalist. He is a writer of thrillers and a regular columnist for The Observer newspaper. He is also the British editor of Vanity Fair.

Porter’s articles are mainly concerned with liberty and civil rights. In February 2009 he co-founded The Convention on Modern Liberty.

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Douglas Adams – Hyperland (1990)

30 03 2010

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Hyperland is a 50 minute long documentary film about hypertext and surrounding technologies written by Douglas Adams and produced by BBC Two in 1990. It stars Douglas Adams as a computer user and Tom Baker, with whom Adams already had worked on Doctor Who, as a software agent.  Very prescient.





1984 (Film & Novel)

17 02 2010

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Nineteen Eighty-Four (sometimes 1984) is a British film, released in 1984, based upon George Orwell’s novel of the same name, following the life of Winston Smith in Oceania, a country run by a totalitarian government. The film was directed by Michael Radford and stars John Hurt, Richard Burton (in his last film role) and Suzanna Hamilton.

Eric Arthur Blair (25 June 1903 – 21 January 1950), better known by his pen name George Orwell, was an English novelist and journalist. His work is marked by keen intelligence and wit, a profound awareness of social injustice, an intense, revolutionary opposition to totalitarianism, a passion for clarity in language and a belief in democratic socialism

1984 eBook





CYBERPUNK (1992)

16 02 2010

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An underground video produced by Marianne Trench and Peter von Brandenburg exploring the meaning of cyberpunk and its cultural significance. The year in which this video was produced (1992) makes it a worthwhile watch as it was just when science fiction and technological reality started to converge. Plus all those early computer generated graphics and that VHS aesthetic really does it for me. (That’s just me though)

Also it features an interview with William Gibson (author of Neuromancer)

Cyberpunk. Mystic Fire Video: Intercon Productions.





Baloney Detection Kit – Michael Shermer

3 02 2010

With a sea of information coming at us from all directions, how do we sift out the misinformation and bogus claims, and get to the truth? Michael Shermer, Publisher of Skeptic magazine, lays out a “Baloney Detection Kit” — ten questions we should ask when encountering a claim.

The Ten Questions

  1. How reliable is the source of the claim?
  2. Does the source make similar claims?
  3. Have the claims been verified by somebody else?
  4. Does this fit with the way the world works?
  5. Has anyone tried to disprove the claim?
  6. Where does the preponderance of evidence point?
  7. Is the claimant playing by the rules of science?
  8. Is the claimant providing positive evidence?
  9. Does the new theory account for as many phenomena as the old theory?
  10. Are personal beliefs driving the claim?




Kin Dza Dza

24 01 2010

Kin-dza-dza! (Russian: Кин-дза-дза!) is a 1986 Soviet comedy-science fiction film released by the Mosfilm studio and directed by Georgi Daneliya, with a story by Georgi Daneliya and Revaz Gabriadze. The movie was filmed in color, consists of two parts and runs for 135 minutes in total.

The film is a dark and grotesque parody of human society and may be described as an anti-utopia. It depicts a desert planet, depleted of its resources, home to an impoverished dog-eat-dog society with extreme inequality and oppression. It is a cult film, especially in Post-Soviet countries, and its humorous dialogue is frequently quoted.

There was no official release of the movie with English subtitles. Thanks to http://www.sadgeezer.com/ for adding the subtitles to this version.

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