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I recently stumbled upon a site called the InternetArchive ( that is trying to become an authorative internet library. Good luck on that project, but what is interesting is that they are creating an archive of documentary films and movies.

The documentary that I'm downloading right now was produced by the BBC and seems quite interesting:

The Power of Nightmares

This film explores the origins in the 1940s and 50s of Islamic Fundamentalism in the Middle East, and Neoconservatism in America, parallels between these movements, and their effect on the world today. From the introduction to Part 1:

"Both [the Islamists and Neoconservatives] were idealists who were born out of the failure of the liberal dream to build a better world. And both had a very similar explanation for what caused that failure. These two groups have changed the world, but not in the way that either intended. Together, they created todays nightmare vision of a secret, organized evil that threatens the world. A fantasy that politicians then found restored their power and authority in a disillusioned age. And those with the darkest fears became the most powerful. " The Power of Nightmares, Baby It's Cold Outside.

Of course, I'm trying to download it at home using my GPRS connection on my cell phone. Safari tells me that I only have 3 days and 15 hours to go (at 3.2KB/sec) to download the 1 gigabyte MPEG2 version. Perhaps I should have chosen a smaller file. Perhaps I should have done this at my office.

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This page contains a single entry by Karen Nakamura published on July 31, 2005 10:53 PM.


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