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Released 2002
Episodes 315, 316, 317 and 318
Writer Adam Curtis
The Century of the Self is a British television documentary film by Adam Curtis that focuses its attention on Sigmund Freud's family,‭ ‬especially his daughter and nephew,‭ ‬who exerted a surprising amount of influence on the way corporations and governments throughout the‭ ‬20th century have thought about,‭ ‬and dealt with,‭ ‬people.

To many in both politics and business, the triumph of the self is the ultimate expression of democracy, where power has finally moved to the people. Certainly the people may feel they are in charge, but are they really? The Century of the Self tells the untold and sometimes controversial story of the growth of the mass-consumer society in Britain and the United States. How was the all-consuming self created, by whom, and in whose interests?

All 4 parts have been adapted on the show:

  • Happiness Machines 315
  • The Engineering of Consent 316
  • There is a Policeman Inside All Our Head: He Must Be Destroyed 317
  • Eight People Sipping Wine in Kettering 318