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The Century of the Self 

A documentary about the rise of psychoanalysis as a powerful means of persuasion for both governments and corporations.

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Adam Curtis ...  Narrator / ... 4 episodes, 2002
Ann Bernays Ann Bernays ...  Herself / ... 2 episodes, 2002
Robert Reich ...  Himself 2 episodes, 2002
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A documentary about the rise of psychoanalysis as a powerful means of persuasion for both governments and corporations.

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BBC Four [UK] | RDF Media

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17 March 2002 (UK) See more »

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Century of Self See more »

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Edward Bernays: And everybody was happy.
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References Let There Be Light (1946) See more »

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AN ABSOLUTELY MUST WATCH DOCUMENTARY
21 April 2018 | by isaacroccocoSee all my reviews

Adam Curtis documents the rise of consumer culture, public relations, propaganda and advertising. The main focus is Edward Bernays, Sigmund Freud's nephew who used his uncle's behavioral theories in his advertising, public relations, and propaganda business. He was also hired by the US to soften public resistance to entering WWI.

In 1928 Bernays wrote a book called "Propaganda" and its first paragraph should be all you need to read to want to watch this documentary;

"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."

Got that? That was in 1928, His methods have since evolved into predictable science.


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