Monday, January 5, 2015

Bookmark This: "Century of the Self"

Just ran across this amazing 4-part BBC series available completely free on Vimeo. It is a study of the use of Freudian theory for the purpose of propaganda.


You can also see it as a series of 16 shorter clips on YouTube.

I really like the way Maria Popova summarizes the show in her weekly (free and excellent) newsletter BrainPickings:
"...an utterly fascinating four-part probe into the depths of consumerism and democracy. Though it focuses primarily on how those in power have used Freud’s theories to manipulate public opinion and perception, the series delves into the richest and most profound layers of 20th century culture, from the hidden mechanisms of advertising to the civil rights movement to the inner workings of political belief systems — all whilst managing to avoid the trap of conspiracy-theorism with incredible elegance and dexterity." 
"...reminiscent of Naomi Klein’s No Logo in its relentless investigation of the crafting of consumer culture, with all its whims and whimsy, only layered on top of the complex political, psychological and sociocultural forces that shaped it."
The series is worth viewing for students of psychoanalytic theory (obviously), sociology, mass communications, psychoanalytic theory, public relations, American history, and the Holocaust. I'm going to take the time. I hope that you will do the same and let me know what you think.

H/T to Infowars for sharing.
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