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“Human Resources” by Scott Noble

Posted Nov 07, 2010 7 comments

Last night I watched Human Resources and I was impressed enough to pass it along. It's a documentary about Social Control, examining the history, the philosophy and ultimately the pathology of elite power. The movie is a full two hours and you can download a copy of the video file right here.

I have also created a torrent: Download "Human Resources" | 2010 documentary by Scott Noble | (this is a torrent file, not the actual video)

Human Resources | Scott Noble | documentary

Overall, Human Resources is rough around the edges but still overloaded with gems. Set aside some time to digest this -- and take notes.

Scott Noble does an admirable job of fitting ten hours of material into two. I also appreciated the space he gives to all the people he interviews...there's a metric ton of ideas here and he lets almost all of them unfold and breathe at their own pace. The footage itself is very low-fi and some of the interviews feel like they drag on for too long, or wander in circles. Impressively, those moments are few and far between. Noble can't cover everything, but the scope of this movie alone makes it the most ambitious entry in this strange genre so far, more complete than The Century of the Self and less hysterical than the Zeitgeist franchise.

The film really clicks in the final act, when the focus turns toward the CIA's MK experimentation. I was surprised and grateful to find an extended interview with Dr. Colin Ross, who takes pains to note that "CIA MK" is actually a misleading generalization, obscuring a larger network of projects involving the Army, Naval Intelligence and several other, more opaque agencies. There's a lot of rewindable moments here, tread slowly.

When the perfect documentary about Social Control finally arrives, I'm guessing it will be built on this precise blueprint. This film might be full of cosmetic flaws, but his argument is (mostly) methodical and devastating. A toast to Scott Noble.

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  • 1. Otto Maddock on Nov 29, 2010 at 9:04 PM permalink

    This is quite good so far, I will be passing this along. Thank you as usual.

  • 2. Shadowtheweak on Nov 30, 2010 at 12:35 AM permalink

    Your torrent seems dead, but this was about all I could find:

  • 3. Eric Patton on Nov 30, 2010 at 11:57 AM permalink

    It didn’t go into too much detail about how modern cults have updated their methods. It was a good point to end it on TV which has been the greatest and most effective spreader of propaganda in human history. Thanks for posting this.

  • 4. nonanon on Dec 02, 2010 at 7:08 PM permalink

    yes torrent is stuck! and at 32%

  • 5. Thirtyseven on Dec 22, 2010 at 10:15 AM permalink

    The Torrent experiment was a lesson in the practical economics of Free. Apologies to anyone who was inconvenienced.

    I was told to check out “Psywar” and found out it was actually a much better film than “Human Resources” was. More focused and better produced—like what “Century of the Self” could/should have been, since Adam Curtis basically remixed Stuart Ewen’s “PR! A Social History of Spin” with his own strange beef with the Freud family. Psywar is more comprehensive and methodical, bringing in a lot more history, a lot more perspectives, and a lot less obnoxious sound effects and jump cuts.

  • 6. Shadowtheweak on Jan 23, 2011 at 2:59 PM permalink

    Thanks for the great info!

    I will definitely check out Psywar.

  • 7. tj on Sep 09, 2011 at 11:45 PM permalink

    i’ve requested the transcripts of the interviews done for this film.  they are quite suspect in that they have the appearance to have taken things out of context.  i’ll be anxious to review them.

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