russell higgs

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"Today" says Adam Curtis "we all have to work much harder to weigh up the different versions of the truth that are being presented to us."

"My aim was to say to people: *Look, have you thought of it this way?* as a means of encouraging them to question the received wisdom they are told by governments and the media."

"You don't have to agree with my argument, but what I do hope is that the basic journalism and evidence in the programmes will make people see how weak and partial the official version is."

"In a bewildering and confusing time I think that is proper public service broadcasting."

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/magazine/4171213.stm

extract from... Power of Nightmares re-awakened
Viewers were invited to put their questions to Adam Curtis.
Here he responds to some of those correspondents....

sunday 23092007



"Today" says Adam Curtis "we all have to work much harder to weigh up the different versions of the truth that are being presented to us."

"My aim was to say to people: *Look, have you thought of it this way?* as a means of encouraging them to question the received wisdom they are told by governments and the media."

"You don't have to agree with my argument, but what I do hope is that the basic journalism and evidence in the programmes will make people see how weak and partial the official version is."

"In a bewildering and confusing time I think that is proper public service broadcasting."

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/magazine/4171213.stm

extract from... Power of Nightmares re-awakened
Viewers were invited to put their questions to Adam Curtis.
Here he responds to some of those correspondents....

comments (3)

  • Liam
  • 23 Sep 2007, 23:28
Hi Russell
Hows it going?
Glad to see the daily self portrait still going-what stamina!
Have you considered doing a poster or postcards of all the portraits?
I'd buy one!
Liam
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  • ray
  • 24 Sep 2007, 03:42
I have long felt that we are getting our post-primary schooling all wrong.

After we have taught our kids to speak/listen/read/write and be respectful of all things, then we should be putting our efforts into helping them acquire the skills to:

a) acquire the information they want/need off the internet,
b) assess the quality of the information thrust at them by search engines, intelligent "agents", "crawlers" et al, and
c) use the quality information as a catalyst for their own living.

It seems, though, that we persist with using post-primary education years to cram them full of "facts"...what a waste of time, when the majority of mankind's knowledge is now accessable on the internet.
The Power of Nightmares: The Rise of the Politics of Fear

Narrator: "But the fear will not last, and just as the dreams that politicians once promised turned out to be illusions, so, too, will the nightmares; and then our politicians will have to face the fact that they have no visions, either good or bad, to offer us any longer."

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