Industrialization and the Revolt of Technology: Manhunt Unabomber

You are sure to wake up to an ordinary day. You’ve already planned the whole day, unaware of the disaster at your door. You get a package and maybe get excited. You open the package and boom.

The TV series “Manhunt Unabomber”, broadcast on Discovery Channel on July 17, 2018, is adapted from a true story about the actions of a terrorist named Ted Kaczynski, whose addresses caused 23 injuries and 3 deaths by sending bombs.

Sketch of Unabomber aka Ted Kaczynski, created by FBI profilers

Mathematical genius Ted Kaczynski was born on May 22, 1942, and is an American. Although Ted was successful throughout his academic life, he was lonely in his social life. Receiving an award for the theses he wrote caused positive feedback from the universities he applied to. What prompted him to resign as an assistant professor at the University of California, Berkeley?

Arguing that technology destabilizes people, makes life insatiable, and causes widespread psychological depression, ted writes a manifesto called ” Industrial Society and Its Future“. Wanting to get away from the damage caused by modern technology and industrialization, Ted settled in a cottage without electricity and water in 1971 in Lincoln, Montana. Witnessing that industrialization has made it impossible to live in the wild, he organized bombings in 1978 and almost declared war on industrialization.

Ted Kaczynski is known by the nickname Unabomber, which is a combination of the abbreviations ‘UN and A’ from the words University and Airline, and the word ‘bomber’, which means bomber because he performs his actions in universities and airplanes.

FBI profiler Jim Fitzgerald finds the hut where he prepared the bombs by analyzing the profile with the language used by the Unabomber. Examining every word used by the Unabomber, Fitz’s struggle against people who do not believe in him is inspiring.

Finally, watching Paul Bettany, who brought the Unabomber to life, gives the feeling of Ted Kaczynski, the Unabomber’s life shot from afar with a camera.

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