The Power of Nightmares [Documentary]

17 04 2008

The Power of Nightmares DVD CoverA powerful series of 3 one hour documentaries by Adam Curtis. The Power of Nightmares takes its viewers through an exploration of radicalism, in both the form of neo-conservatism and radical Islamists.

These programs explore the history of both of these radical groups, and explore concepts of political illusion and the use of fear to control populations.

These programs can serve as valuable additions to more advanced treatments of political science and the proliferation of war.


Lord of the Flies [Novel & Movie]

17 04 2008

Lord of the FliesStranded on an island, a group of schoolboys degenerate into savagery.

William Golding’s Lord of the Flies preceded and informed many of the concepts that we’ve seen in Lost, Cast Away, and even Survivor.  The tale’s exploration of the patterns and phases that a group of previously ‘civilized’ boys go through after being stranded on an island speaks to ancient patterns of tribalism, fear and superstition that are sometimes difficult to explain in the classroom.  On other levels, there’s material to discuss organizational structures, hierarchy, values, and even extremely ‘close to home’ issues such as bullying.