Adam Curtis, Hypernormalisation, Video
This documentary covers an enormous amount of ground, and makes some seemingly far reaching connections between events and people through out the 20th and 21st centuries. But perhaps that is symptomatic of this films greatest achievement. It seeks to reveal just how complicated, intertwined and entrenched things like the evolution of the internet, Donald Trump, Syria, Brexit, British and American politics are. How these vast international powers and affairs are not completely isolated, they do not exist in vacuums, and that one of these topics cannot be fully understood without acknowledging the other topics.
A common thread throughout the documentary is the role that the internet has played within the unfolding of all the political and economic events that have filled the news for the last 50 years. Curtis summarizes how it was viewed by some as an emancipatory force, and by others as a new means of surveillance, indoctrination and control.
This extremely brief history of the internet, particularly the part that talks about the methods by which content is produced on the internet has highlighted some subjects for me to further research. Given that there is so much user generated content on the internet now, and that we are guided through this content largely by algorithms that tailor our online experience, I would like to learn more about the mechanisms of this guiding. In what ways exactly does it change the images that we see? What kind of images are favored by these algorithms?