Gladstone – author of this site.
was born west of London in 1941 and has vivid
memories of a local bomb at the end of World War II.
He has other memories of World War I, via his
father’s troubled experience and the death of an
uncle and other relatives.
He grew up in the
increasingly secure and affluent 1950s and 1960s,
holds a degree in modern history and studied at New
York University Film School.
For two decades,
1966 to 1985, he was a documentary and historical
film maker, specializing in scientific issues and
human and political aspects of medicine and science.
He made an early film on environmental degradation
in the UK for the Horizon series at the BBC. He
worked for Horizon and its American counterpart,
Nova – the main science strands still existing in US
and UK television today.
His main interest
is in the conflict between the positive and negative
impacts of science -- and in the human and political
aspects of science, often presented as a neutral
He is aware of
having grown up in an era of global transformation,
in terms of economic growth, new ideas, population
numbers, pollution, riches, poverty and newly
objective worry about the state of the biosphere.
Technopolitana is an attempt to frame the
paradox founded in this experience: how do we
control what we widely see as progress? Bill Rutland
is an invented character who deals with this
Technopolitana project has been twenty years
currently lives in North Wales. He is a US and UK
citizen. He works closely with colleagues and some
members of his family.
fast time passes. That is: how little time we have
to keep up with the consequences of our own
Gladstone at a cousin's wedding, aged 6 in 1947 with
his father, Charles Gladstone, then 59.
Gladstone was a boy before the car, before
widespread electricity, before widespread oil
burning, before relativity, before DNA, when there
was one person for every seven on the globe in 2019.
How fast it all
happens. Can those who want to put the brakes on
keep up with those who want them off? This is the
central question posed by the metaphor of