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March 24, 2010

Century of the self

Four programs describing the psycho/social issues affecting 20th century consumerism against the backdrop of the development of Freudian psychology.

Askwith Media Library 46753-D

Part 1. The Happiness machines. Explores the emotional connection to consumerism and the psychological motivation of desires over needs through the historical context of the early 20th century; the use of propaganda and the promotion of Freudian ideologies. The work of Edward L. Bernays, public relations specialist and nephew of Freud, is discussed -- Part 2. The Engineering of consent. Post-WWII growth of psychoanalysis in America. Comments on the work of Ernest Dichter -- Part 3.There is a policeman inside all our heads, he must be destroyed. 1960's questioning of Freudian principles, liberation of feelings vs. suppressing primitive animal instincts -- Part 4. Eight people sipping wine in Kettering : "Satisfaction of individual feelings and desire is our highest priority." How politicians in Britain and America create, control and respond to this idea.

Posted by mcmike at March 24, 2010 12:06 PM

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