Cultural historian Anat Rosenberg on the history of mind control in advertising and its links to current discussions of social media.
Advertising executive Paul Feldwick reflects on the history of his profession’s entanglement with psychology and hidden persuasion.
Sarah Marks on how ‘brainwashing’ was used as a Cold War code-word for Communist mass indoctrination; and to express anxieties about consumerism after ’89.
Alexandra Hui describes an early example of our cultural ambivalence about background music. In 1958 a journalist asked: does it make us happy, even when we would prefer not to be?
Kira Lussier, a PhD candidate at the University of Toronto, discusses a recent New York Times article on Amazon employees, placing its critique within the history of how motivational psychology has been used in the workplace.