By Liz Cullen, Peter A Nenov, and Eva Sookjung Kim

Director Adam Curti’s BBC documentary, The Trap, utilized interviews and stock footage of people and events from the Cold War in order to convey the feeling of paranoia felt by the public at that time. The documentary focuses on the desire to liberate Britain from class structure and promote individual freedoms that were lacking in a post WW II environment. Ironically, the film points out that the increased freedoms granted to the public ultimately resulted in more social control as language, technology, and theories of freedom were used to trap people into more rigid social classifications. WIth a discussion and analysis on game theory that was implemented during the Cold War, John Nash and others took this idea a step further into society. The foundation of game theory based on self-interest, suspicion, and general lack of human trust was now used in economic policies, social issues, and demonstrated in mental health reform. As the film comes to a close, there is a brief commentary on the future of politicians as they use the basis of game theory to promote their own greed and self-interest within the realm of politics and society.

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