If you missed the first part of documentary-maker Adam Curtis’ new BBC2 series last night, catch it on iplayer while you can. All Watched Over By Machines of Loving Grace is wonderful: a fabulous, high octane, tightly-edited mix of politics, philosophy, technology and cyberspace.

I’m gutted to admit that I’d never heard of cult novelist Ayn Rand before, nor her ideas around “objectivism” – a kind of laissez faire capitalism, enabled by machines (if I had, she would have definitely featured in Monkeys with Typewriters).

The fact that Rand was a major influence on Alan Greenspan, the former Chairman of the Federal Reserve of the United States, is an eye-opener. And this programme makes a strong connection between her ideas, Greenspan’s undermining of the global economy and, ultimately, the 2008 stock market crash.

Brilliant stuff.

Watch it – watch it now!


Jemima Gibbons

Social media consultant and author of Monkeys with Typewriters (featured by BBC Radio 5 and the London Evening Standard). Get your social marketing up and running with my Social Media Launch Pack!

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