Week 2: February 10 Discussion Board

Prior to February 10, please watch the first three parts (the first three hours) of The Century of the Self. It can be found at the following link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eJ3RzGoQC4s. Feel free to share any questions and ideas about the film below whenever you like, including before our 2/10 dialogue.

4 thoughts on “Week 2: February 10 Discussion Board

  1. Kris says:

    The clips of Dr. King speaking about “well adjusted” folks cracks open the conversation about how we define/who defines what mental “illness” looks like, how it manifests. Well adjusted becomes ill adjusted becomes healthy—in our dis-ease we are in fact sane.

    How has the pharmaceutical industry employed PR to control the masses?
    How have the elite and pharma colluded to control the masses?
    How can we unprivilege critical thinking/remove “rationale” from the pedestal and make space for thinking rooted in critical feeling as a form of deep reasoning? (How is emotion perpetually othered—and also deemed acceptable if manifested as violence [e.g., The big, bad Superball; war; the police state; “boys will be boys” and so forth—what is the relationship between constructs of acceptable violences and unacceptable violences when examined through the prism of Bernays’ influence?]).

  2. Cat says:

    Kris – I would love to watch that film, too, should you be interested in a collective screening. Let me know.

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