Episode 7: New Year’s Special – Adam Curtis and Avery Edison

AverySo farewell then, 2009. We've had a great time over the last few months and are thrilled to be ending the year with what must be our most thought-provoking episode to date. Film maker Adam Curtis joins us to talk about his latest project, 'It Felt Like a Kiss' and has some brilliant theories on all of Shift Run Stop's favourite subjects: humour, games and the computer age.

Rising star of the internet and Twitter comedy powerhouse Avery Edison shares some of her work so far, and Dave Green is back with his most disappointing snacks of 2009.

Oh and we set you a new competition. It's a good, geeky one, we think you'll like it. Happy New Year!

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Posted: December 31st, 2009 | 9 Comments »


9 Comments on “Episode 7: New Year’s Special – Adam Curtis and Avery Edison”

  1. 1 links for 2010-01-05 « pootling said at 9:30 am on January 5th, 2010:

    [...] Shift Run Stop – Episode 7: New Year’s Special – Adam Curtis and Avery Edison The interview with Adam Curtis is one of the best things I've heard this year, and last year, and probably for a few years before that too. (tags: shiftrunstop podcast adamcurtis averyedison politics government elites hippies power) [...]

  2. 2 The On Demand Echo Chamber // katy lindemann // seemingly unconnected said at 5:49 pm on January 8th, 2010:

    [...] recently listened to the Episode 7 of the fabulous Shift Run Stop podcast from the ingenious and supremely talented Leila Johnston and [...]

  3. 3 Adam Tandy said at 7:28 pm on January 8th, 2010:

    The Adam Curtis stuff was compelling. I can’t help but think that Curtis needs to move on from broadcast TV. His trademark bricolage style of story-telling is beautiful and entertaining, but because of all the problems of licensing this material for wider use, it becomes an ephemeral lightning-flash of genius instead of becoming the milestone on the Road to Enlightenment. As broadcast TV becomes less and less relevant, how will Curtis find his audience? The Power of Nightmares is propped up by loads of awards and still isn’t available on DVD.

  4. 4 roo said at 8:49 pm on January 8th, 2010:

    Hi Adam. Have you seen the other Adam’s blog, and the It Felt Like a Kiss project he talked about in the podcast? In terms of telling stories and going beyond broadcast TV, both are very interesting. Charlie Brooker wrote about them both last year.

  5. 5 Adam Tandy said at 10:08 pm on January 8th, 2010:

    Well, he’s reached the same conclusion, and he’s still having problems with rights issues it would appear. I feel like such a dinosaur, going on about copyright when the Internet-at-large basically doesn’t give a toss about intellectual property. Only today I had to write a tough email about some rights that a co-producer declined to buy, and is now in a bit of a fix.

  6. 6 Melissa said at 11:25 pm on April 2nd, 2010:

    Why ruin a great Adam Curtus interview with annoying, giggling females?

  7. 7 leila said at 5:03 pm on April 4th, 2010:

    Hi Melissa, not sure what you’re referring to?
    Cheers, Leila

  8. 8 kramer said at 5:57 pm on April 10th, 2010:

    I know what you mean, Melissa, but intercutting Curtis’s points about the substance vacuum in modern “play” technology with comments by a proprietor of said technology — I presumed that was an intentional juxtaposition? Or am I looking for wry commentary where none was intended? Either way, great podcast, I’m sharing it with virtual friends right now, via the same narcissistic social networking technology Curtis brilliantly skewered…

  9. 9 Confusing information with power « Fear and Loathing in Glasvegas said at 8:07 pm on May 25th, 2010:

    [...] of The Self and the recent It Felt Like A Kiss interactive event in Manchester – during his New Year interview on the Shift Run Stop podcast. Computer utopians from both left and right have given you this idea [...]


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