The Untold History of Controlling the Masses Through the Manipulation of Unconscious Desires
"The conscious and intelligent manipulation of the organized habits and opinions of the masses is an important element in democratic society. Those who manipulate this unseen mechanism of society constitute an invisible government which is the true ruling power of our country. We are governed, our minds are molded, our tastes formed, our ideas suggested, largely by men we have never heard of. This is a logical result of the way in which our democratic society is organized." - Edward Bernays
Sunday, September 27, 4pm - 9pm
Screening Parts 1-4 of "The Century of Self"
The Change You Want To See Gallery
84 Havemeyer St @ Metropolitan Ave
Brooklyn NY 11211
THE CENTURY OF THE SELF
"The Century of Self" (2002), is a four-part video mini-series about the history of "spin," consumerism, mass psychology, and the role of propaganda in politics, social movements, cultural attitudes, and consumption.
To many in both politics and business, the triumph of the self is the ultimate expression of democracy, where power has finally moved to the people. Certainly the people may feel they are in charge, but are they really? The Century of the Self tells the untold and sometimes controversial story of the growth of the mass-consumer society in Britain and the United States. How was the all-consuming self created, by whom, and in whose interests?
The Freud dynasty is at the heart of this compelling social history. Sigmund Freud, founder of psychoanalysis; Edward Bernays, who invented public relations; Anna Freud, Sigmund's devoted daughter; and present-day PR guru and Sigmund's great grandson, Matthew Freud.
Sigmund Freud's work into the bubbling and murky world of the subconscious changed the world. By introducing a technique to probe the unconscious mind, Freud provided useful tools for understanding the secret desires of the masses. Unwittingly, his work served as the precursor to a world full of political spin doctors, marketing moguls, and society's belief that the pursuit of satisfaction and happiness is man's ultimate goal.
SYMBOLS, BRANDING, AND PERSUASION PROGRAMMING SERIES
(save the dates)
Thursday, Sept 24, 7:30-9:30pm – professor/author Douglass Rushkoff
Sunday, Sept 27, 4pm-9pm -- Screening Adam Curtis' four-part BBC series The Century of Self
Thursday, Oct 1, 7:30pm–9:30pm -- professor/author Stuart Ewen
Monday, Oct 12, 7:30pm–9:30pm -- consultant JooYoung Oh workshop on design research
Monday, Oct 26, 7:30-9:30pm: professor/author Stephen Duncombe
Thursday, Nov 5, 7:30-9:30pm: consultant Loid Der workshop on branding