The last two episodes will be broadcast on CBC TV (Canadian Broadcasting Corporation) Thursday August 2 and August 9 at 9PM (9PM-10PM) EST.
They talked a little bit about Edward Bernays in Episode 2: ‘Turning Up The Heat’:
Edward Louis Bernays (November 22, 1891 – March 9, 1995) was an Austrian-American pioneer in the field of public relations and propaganda, referred to in his obituary as “the father of public relations”. He combined the ideas of Gustave Le Bon and Wilfred Trotter on crowd psychology with the psychoanalytical ideas of his uncle, Sigmund Freud.
He felt this manipulation was necessary in society, which he regarded as irrational and dangerous as a result of the ‘herd instinct’ that Trotter had described. Adam Curtis’s award-winning 2002 documentary for the BBC, The Century of the Self, pinpoints Bernays as the originator of modern public relations, and Bernays was named one of the 100 most influential Americans of the 20th century by Life magazine.
Lots of interesting propaganda techniques explained (many still used by the Modern Media to manipulate their populations’ opinions and thoughts), as well as many interesting historical facts I have never heard of before like the 1956 protests in Poland for better working conditions, Louis Armstrong’s Jazz Tours in Africa on behalf of the U.S. Goverment, the U.S.S.R. Exhibition in New York in 1959 (which included the Sputnik satellite) and many others in this interesting four hour long history series.