Three films about mass influence, by Lily Ford

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Mass influence is one of the key themes of the Hidden Persuaders project. I was interested in exploring some sites of mass influence in our recent history. My series of three films, on cigarette advertising and non-smoker activism, Beatlemania, and the smartphone, expose and interrogate some old and new anxieties about this influence on others... Read more »

On re-reading 1984

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When James Brown returned to George Orwell’s dystopia in an age of pervasive social media intrusion and a global pandemic, it felt a very different novel to the one he had read as a teenager. 

Zygmunt Bauman on Brainwashing

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“We are tightly wrapped in a spider net of electronic surveillance”… deliberately confused by “an incessant flow of dismembered and dislocated fragments” (Zygmunt Bauman on brainwashing, surveillance, and modern society).* In July 2015 Daniel Pick interviewed Zygmunt Bauman on the subject of brainwashing. His wide ranging responses travel from the Cold War to the virtual… Read more »