Monday, May 31, 2010

BBC Documentary: on Orientalism-Edward Said - Part 1-4

Edward Said's book Orientalism has been profoundly influential in a diverse range of disciplines since its publication in 1978. In this engaging and lavishly illustrated interview he talks about the context within which the book was conceived, its main themes, and how its original thesis relates to the contemporary understanding of "the Orient" as represented in the mass media.

"That's the power of the discourse of Orientalism. If you're thinking about people and Islam, and about that part of the world, those are the words you constantly have to use. To think past it, to go beyond it, not to use it, is virtually impossible, because there is no knowledge that isn't codified in this way about that part of the world." -Edward Said

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Berlin History 1 - Dangerous Ideas 1 of 4 - Matt Frei BBC Documentary Series

“Visions of the Future”   — A series in which Matt Frei explores different aspects of Berlin, a city that thrives on diversity. This is the place that inspired Fritz Lang’s Metropolis, hosted the Bauhaus and broke away from the traditional 19th century painting style. The Series begins with “Dangerous Ideas” and looks at the History behind the Berlin of the past and of today.

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