Adam Curtis named his 2007 3-part documentary The Trap (although according to Wikipedia, he originally intended to call it “Cold Cold Heart”). Through three hours and many, many engaging sound transitions, Curtis details the history of the second half of 20th century and into the 21st, as told through the lens of game theory.
According to Curtis’ history, today’s political reality can be explained by studying the application of game theory to social theory, economic policy, political philosophy, and political practice.
The problem with the title The Trap is its dynamic, implicating connotation. Trap means springloaded potential energy, something ready to snap, something somebody trips, something that somebody sets for somebody/thing else. It implies a before and after, cause and effect, hunter and hunted. It gives you a clear mental picture and even a sound – snap! “Something’s caught in that trap and I’m not touching it.”