Anthony J. Pennings, PhD


All Watched Over by Machines of Loving Grace – The Poem

I’m following and commenting on the BBC documentary series All Watched Over by Machines of Loving Grace by Adam Curtis. So I wanted to post the actual poem and reading by American poet Richard Brautigan. I think it beautifully textualizes the early utopian vision of computers and nature working in harmony to provide a stable […]

All Watched Over by Heroes of Loving Grace

I took an interest in the BBC documentary by Adam Curtis called All Watched Over by Machines of Loving Grace, named after American poet Richard Brautigan’s publication of the same name. What was emerging was a new cultural era of self-based “heroic” philosophies espoused by a divergent group of proponents. These included: authors such as Rand and George Gilder (Wealth and Poverty); economists such as Arthur Laffer, who championed supply-side economics and Milton Friedman of the Chicago School; and Self-help gurus such as Scientology’s L. Ron Hubbard, est’s Werner Erhard and fire-walker Tony Robbins. Even heroic popular culture icons in Star Wars and the Superman movies helped characterize the new era.

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    Professor at State University of New York (SUNY) Korea since 2016. Moved to Austin, Texas in August 2012 to join the Digital Media Management program at St. Edwards University. Spent the previous decade on the faculty at New York University teaching and researching information systems, digital economics, and strategic communications.

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