An Interesting Documentary Series: The Trap

The Trap: What Happened to Our Dream of Freedom is a BBC documentary series by English filmmaker Adam Curtis, well known for other documentaries including The Century of the Self and The Power of Nightmares. It began airing in the United Kingdom on BBC Two on 11 March 2007.

The series consists of three one-hour programs which explore the concept and definition of freedom, specifically, “how a simplistic model of human beings as self-seeking, almost robotic, creatures led to today’s idea of freedom.”

The links are below. Download for future personal viewing if you like them.

Part I: Fuck You Buddy

Part II: The Lonely Robot

Part III: We Will Force You To Be Free


  1. January 17, 2011 at 9:04 pm

    This series of documentaries is full of interesting ideas, but they are weaved together in a rather strange manner. It jumps from Game Theory applied to warfare, to Public Choice Theory… and ends with Isaih Berlin’s and Sartre’s theories on freedom. I don’t see any unifying theme. It’s chaotic. It’s almost as though someone wanted to make a point, and towards that goal that someone cherry-picked various intellectual endeavors of the past decades to make that point. I’d still recommend the series, though.

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