Great write-up from FOO Camp 2011:

[Adam Curtis’ film All Watched Over by Machines of Loving Grace] constructs a critique of cybernetics. He argues that this emphasis on building ever-more accurate models of the world — and, especially, automating their results through the supposedly objective computer — represses any idea of individual agency to change the system while simultaneously causing us to project a false agency onto the system itself. In other words, Curtis focuses on cybernetics’ conservative political repercussions. In his account, this faith in the technologically augmented system model becomes a reason to defend the status quo.