I HATED episode 2 of All Watched Over By Machines of Loving Grace
We just watched it in class today and I ended up screaming at my colleagues. I was furious with it and with them for following it. I think I even used the word "dishonest" which got me an arch look from the tutor.
Now I've just got off an hour on the phone bitching about it with my friend who's another systems theorist / cybernetics fanboi.
Anyway, something that got under my skin that badly must be doing something right. Yes, there are questions to be asked about what assumptions have historically gone into systems theory. There are definitely issues with how it's been applied and put to work politically. Yes, there are things to think about when you deny that power exists (Tyranny of Structurelessness etc.)
I still hate it. But I think it's good for me to be forced to work through a response.