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Human Programming: Brainwashing, Automatons, and American Unfreedom

Scott Selisker


Human Programming is a cultural history of the idea of the programmable mind in U.S. culture. It argues that literary, cinematic, and rhetorical figurations of the programmed mind have shaped conversations in U.S. political and scientific culture about freedom and unfreedom, and about democracy and its enemies from World War II to the War on Terror. Beginning in the early twentieth century, developments in media technology, cybernetics, behaviorist psychology, and sociology made it possible to imagine the malleability of human behavior, or automatism, on a mass scale. Propagandists, scientists ... More

Keywords: programmed mind, freedom and unfreedom, American exceptionalism, war, human automaton, discourse, representation

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780816699872
Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: May 2017 DOI:10.5749/minnesota/9780816699872.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Scott Selisker, author
University of Arizona