General Information
For 15 years, Adam Curtis has concentrated on a cultural history behind the politics of the 20th century and beyond. In 1992, he made Pandora's Box, six "fables" on the consequences (often dangerous) of political and technocratic rationality, especially when used to crush common sense and a clear reporting of the facts.
Nothing concerns Curtis more than the way public relations and spin doctoring have become ways of masking the true nature of modern history - and nothing is so vital to the new forms of modern bureaucratic totalitarianism, the dulcet "order" that has come to fill the ground left by fascism and communism. In other words, the "enlightened" problem solving favored in the most advanced countries, but employed to obfuscate democratic impulses.
 The Engineer's Plot
The revolutionaries who toppled the Tsar in 1917 thought science held the key to
their new world. In fact, it ended up creating a bewildering world for millions
of Soviet people. In this light-hearted investigation, one industrial planner
tells how she decided the people wanted platform shoes, only to discover that
they had gone out of fashion by the time that the factory to manufacture them
had been built.
 To the Brink of Eternity
Focusing on the men of the Cold War on whom 'Dr Strangelove' was based. These
were people who believed that the world could be controlled by the scientific
manipulation of fear - mathematical geniuses employed by the American Rand
Corporation. In the end, their visions were the stuff of science fiction
 The League of Gentlemen
Thirty years ago, a group of economists managed to convince British politicians
that they had foolproof technical means to make Britain great again. Pandora's
Box tells the saga of how their experiments have led the country deeper into
economic decline, and asks - is their game finally up?
 Goodbye Mrs Ant
A modern fable about science and society, focusing on our attitude to nature.
Should we let scientists be the prime movers of social or political change when,
for instance, DDT made post-war heroes of American scientists only to be put on
trial by other scientists in 1968? What kind of in-fighting goes on between
rival camps before one scientific truth emerges, and when it does emerge, just
how true is it?
 Black Power
A look at how former Ghanaian leader Kwame Nkrumah set Africa ablaze with his
vision of a new industrial and scientific age. At the heart of his dream was to
be the huge Volta dam, generating enough power to transform West Africa into an
advanced utopia. But as his grand experiment took shape, it brought with it
dangerous forces Nkrumah couldn't control, and he slowly watched his metropolis
of science sink into corruption and debt.
 A is for Atom
An insight into the rise and fall of nuclear power. In the 1950s scientists and
politicians thought they could create a different world with a limitless source
of nuclear energy. But things began to go wrong. Scientists in America and the
Soviet Union were duped into building dozens of potentially dangerous plants.
Then came the disasters of Three Mile Island and Chernobyl which changed views
on the safeness of this invisible fuel.
 Technical Specs
- File Name ........... : Pandora's Box 01 The Engineer's Plot.avi
- Total Size (MB) ... : 391.29 MB
- Duration .............. : 00:44:06
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- Audio Bitrate ...... : 128 KB/s
- Channels ............ : 2 Ch
- Sampling Rate .... : 48000 Hz
- Ripped by ........... : Unknown capper, released at UKNova.
 Further Information
 Release Post
- MVGroup.org (ed2k)
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