A few months back we mentioned the excellent television series, 'The Century of the Self'. At the time, the programme seemed to generate very little on-line debate. That's no longer strictly true (see this handy collection
of contemporary press reports citing the series, as well as the Media Report's critique
)). Yet the fundamental premise - that the nascent public relations industry had a huge influence on post-war power structures and their use of popular culture - remains fascinating.
Clearly the jury is still out on whether mass-manipulation of whole populations is happening (or is even possible). However, research increasingly suggests that humans are just pliable puppets, with definable biological and chemical responses to certain stimuli. This recent Salon
article examines advances in our understanding of brain chemistry and how this is influencing the advertising industry. Learn how burger ads stimulate your dorsal striatum, and how our relentless desire for novelty is all due to our nucleus accumbens, the part of the brain that lusts after new positive experiences. Madison Avenue might not realise it just yet, but these are the cerebral structures to pinpoint to make your product a success.
Other things. An undeservingly quiet metafilter thread
about mystery novels with integral maps. Also via things
filter - Lego
meets MC Escher: this
is what results (better Lego site here
). What links this robotic combine harvester
to this exhortation to dress respectfully
in church? Nothing at all. Absolutely nothing. Some great paintings from Katharine Lubar
, especially this one
links to all sorts of web-based art and music things, none of which we've really had a chance to examine in any great detail. 120 Years of Electronic Music
is an informative sub-section, though: we would dearly love to hear what a Kaleidophon
or Partiturophon sounds like.
The real psychedelia
- a page full of period colour clashes, crazed swirls and long-forgotten bands. Dodge
, another online magazine. Did we mention them? Elsewhere, the daily photo
project. Creepy and extremely dedicated. We saw this
the other day - a grafitti installation. Elsewhere, NY Beautification
takes a higher-minded approach to spray-painting.
Finally, via the ever-impressive Coudal
, NASA technical drawings