Fascinating analysis in The Nation of Inside Bill’s Brain.
One of the more interesting observations is the insular nature of the director’s choice of other voices to include:
Mostly, though, the film reinforces the image many of us already had of the ambitious technologist, insatiable brainiac, and heroic philanthropist. Inside Bill’s Brainfalls into a common trap: attempting to understand the world’s second-richest human by interviewing people in his sphere of financial influence.
Another observation. One of the interviewees in the series Davis Guggenheim, who speaks effusive praise of Gates. But nowhere is the true relationship with Gates revealed, including a conflict-of-interest for the praise:
Guggenheim doesn’t tell audiences that Noe is the principal of Lakeside School, a private institution to which the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has given $80 million. The filmmaker also doesn’t mention the extraordinary conflict of interest this presents: The Gateses used their charitable foundation to enrich the private school their children attend, which charges students $35,000 a year.
I think that my perspective of Bill Gates might have changed if I had learned of this “self-enrichment” during the series.