[NetBehaviour] The Century of the Self (2002). Adam Curtis. Free online to watch...
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Fri Sep 5 11:24:30 CEST 2014
The Century of the Self (2002). Adam Curtis.
This series is about how those in power have used Freud's theories to
try and control the dangerous crowd in an age of mass democracy. Sigmund
Freud, the founder of psychoanalysis, changed the perception of the
human mind and its workings profoundly.
His influence on the 20th century is widely regarded as massive. The
documentary describes the impact of Freud's theories on the perception
of the human mind, and the ways public relations agencies and
politicians have used this during the last 100 years for their
engineering of consent. Among the main characters are Freud himself and
his nephew Edward Bernays, who was the first to use psychological
techniques in advertising. He is often seen as the father of the public
Freud's daughter Anna Freud, a pioneer of child psychology, is mentioned
in the second part, as well as Wilhelm Reich, one of the main opponents
of Freud's theories. Along these general themes, The Century of the Self
asks deeper questions about the roots and methods of modern consumerism,
representative democracy and its implications. It also questions the
modern way we see ourselves, the attitude to fashion and superficiality.
Happiness Machines. Part one documents the story of the relationship
between Sigmund Freud and his American nephew, Edward Bernays who
invented Public Relations in the 1920s, being the first person to take
Freud's ideas to manipulate the masses.
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