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Powaqqatsi: Life in Transformation

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This film calls into question everything we think we know about contemporary society. By juxtaposing images of ancient cultures with those of modern life, Powaqqatsi masterfully portrays the human cost of progress.
DVD
2002; 1988
Clemons (Stacks)
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Naqoyqatsi: Life as War

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In this cinematic concert - the concluding film of the Qatsi Trilogy preceded by critically acclaimed Koyaanisqatsi (Life out of balance), and Powaqqatsi (Life in trasforataion) - mesmerizing images reanimated from everyday reality, then visually altered with state-of-the-art digital techniques, chronicle the shift from a world organized by the principles of nature to one dominated by technology, the synthetic and the virtual. Extremes of intimacy and spectacle, tragedy and hope fuse in a tidal wave of visuals and music, giving rise to a unique artistic experience that reflects Reggio's vision of a brave new globalized world.
DVD
2003
Clemons (Stacks)
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Future by Design

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Profiles the work and futuristic vision of inventor and industrial designer Jacque Fresco.
DVD
2006
Clemons (Stacks)
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The Future We Will Create: Inside the World of TED

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Presents highlights from TED 2006. TED is an annual conference at which leading innovators in technology, entertainment and design share their thoughts and visions for the future
DVD
2007
Clemons (Stacks)
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Modulations: Cinema for the Ear

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With interviews, cutting edge visuals, in-studio footage and live performances, this documentary traces the evolution of electronic music as one of the most profound artistic developments of the 20th century.
DVD
1998
Clemons (Stacks)
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Modulations: Cinema for the Ear

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Feature-length documentary which traces the evolution of electronic music through interviews, in-studio footage, and live performances with avant garde composers, electro-funk musicians, and others.
VHS
1998
Ivy (By Request)
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Cyberville

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A provocative look at the power and role of technology in our lives today, as well as what role it may play in the future. Explores advances in technology across a wide spectrum, and their implications for our society, economy and culture. Discusses the dangers of "techno-lust" and losing touch with the real world. Features both technology proponents and critics.
VHS
1996; 1994
Ivy (By Request)
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Koyaanisqatsi: Life Out of Balance

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Koyaanisqatsi is a Hopi Indian word meaning variously: crazy life, life in turmoil, life disintegrating, life out of balance (the subtitle for this film), and a state of life that calls for another way of life. This film presents a concert of visual images set to the music of Philip Glass that progesses from purely natural environments to nature as affected by man, and finally to man's own manmade environment that is devoid of nature.
DVD
2002
Clemons (Stacks)
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The Technological Revolution [electronic resource]

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Keeping up with an ever-increasing pace of change became the standard of the day. Modern inventions like the airplane, automobile and radio, transformed public life, while stoves, dishwashers and vacuum cleaners revolutionized domestic lifestyles.
Online
1989
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Toward the Future [electronic resource]

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Modern medicine, atomic energy, computers and new concepts of time, energy and matter, have all had an important effect on the rapidly changing quality of life. Weber concludes that many 20th century discoveries make humans more uncertain about their role in the world than at any other time in history and considers the future of Western civilization.
Online
1989
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As If People Mattered

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Schumacher favors decentralized small-scale technology and local, humane, economies. He analyzes the process whereby parts of countries are developed to serve the needs of large commercial and industrial centers. Set in Montana, emphasizing energy needs of cities and the charges forced on rural areas to satisfy these needs.
VHS
1977
Ivy (By Request)
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Small Is Beautiful--Impressions of Fritz Schumacher

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Presents a profile of economist E.F. Schumacher, who discusses his views on the dangers of unbridled economic growth.
VHS
1981; 1978
Ivy (By Request)
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Hate and the Internet [electronic resource]: Web Sites and the Issue of Free Speech

What is the price of free speech? Protected by their First Amendment rights and the Internet's cultural philosophy of "post it all and let the readers decide," American hate groups are having a field day on the World Wide Web, creating virulent virtual communities of intolerance. In this program, ABC News anchor Ted Koppel investigates the proliferation of hate online with Don Black, founder of the white nationalist Web site Storm Front, and Floyd Abrams, a First Amendment attorney who has represented The New York Times and ABC News. Together they discuss both the medium and the message, plus the controversial issue of content filtering.
Online
2006; 1998
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Internet Shopping [electronic resource]: Interactive or Invasive?

E-tailers routinely collect information from visitors to their Web sites to better target their ads. Is this surrender of privacy the price of a personalized online shopping experience? In this program, NewsHour correspondent Jeffrey Kaye seeks to understand the dynamics of, and the ethical issues surrounding, strategic online marketing with top management from Buy.com, Lycos, and DoubleClick and an attorney from the Center for Democracy and Technology. From cookies to banner ads, the gathering and leveraging of consumer data is viewed as the key to making e-commerce viable.
Online
2005; 1999
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eBay and Napster [electronic resource]: Change Agents

Internet auction house eBay and virtual music community Napster are redefining established paradigms of online interactivity. In segment one of this program, NewsHour correspondent Spencer Michels explores eBay's phenomenal success with President and CEO Margaret Whitman and others, while addressing concerns related to fraudulent merchandise and shill bidding. In segment two, Mr. Michels examines the roots of the landmark Napster case through interviews with partisans on both sides of the dispute, including the Recording Industry Association of America's Hillary Rosen.
Online
2006; 2000
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Digital Dark Age? [electronic resource]: Gambling With Humankind's Knowledge

Compact and portable, digitized information is an attractive alternative to bulky books, analog media, and emulsion-based photographs-but can it stand the test of time? In this program, Stewart Brand, co-inventor of the TCP/IP Internet protocol, and others in the know assess the rapid proliferation of digitization; confront the alarming risk of massive data loss through technology obsolescence, platform incompatibilities, and storage media degradation; explore the potentially catastrophic impact of data loss on cultural identity; and outline some of the efforts being made to stave off a digital dark age.
Online
2005; 2002
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Privacy and Security [electronic resource]

In this Fred Friendly Seminar moderated by Harvard Law School's Arthur Miller, panelists such as U.S. Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer; Nadine Strossen, president of the ACLU; Jamie Gorelick, of the U.S. Department of Justice; Professor Stephen Carter, of Yale Law School; and others examine the fine balance between the power of the government and the rights of the individual in a fictional community called Unity. Discussion points include government initiatives such as Megan's Law, Internet privacy, mandatory fingerprinting, and the encryption of privileged information-and whether these actions are constitutional.
Online
2005; 1997
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Time Frenzy [electronic resource]: Keeping Up With Tomorrow

One of the ironies of the ubiquitous technologies now in use is that they were supposed to save time and improve the quality of life. What went wrong? This cautionary program examines the social and ethical consequences of the increasingly fast pace of life in the U.S. It contrasts the American 24/7 work ethic with the business traditions of other countries and, in the process, examines the impact of technology on personal relationships, education, health, and the environment.
Online
2006; 2000
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Computer Worms and Viruses [electronic resource]

Computer bugs are no mere prank. A disruption of global communications networks by today's sophisticated worms and viruses is costing companies billions and can do lasting damage to the world's economic health. This NewsHour program begins by defining these binary invaders and then examines the escalating security challenges of keeping networks free of infection. Members of the Computer Emergency Response Team at Carnegie Mellon University and other white hats discuss proactive ways to detect and then block electronic intruders through single-user protocols and enterprise-wide defenses.
Online
2006; 2003
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Technoculture [electronic resource]: Finding Our Way in the Terra Incognita

Technological innovations are penetrating ever more deeply into the substance of society-faster, in fact, than people can assimilate them. As ethical dilemmas and unforeseen consequences pile up, will techno-enthusiasts succeed in weaving a net that will ultimately trap us all? Following a concise summary of Technoscience, this disturbing program addresses diverse topics such as virtual reality, cybernetics, eugenics, cloning, parallels between technological and Christian views of the body, similarities between Nazi experiments and current technology, and the role of artists in defining a grim future that may prove to be more prison than paradise.
Online
2006; 1999