Are Films & TV Just Another Form of Mind Control?

You bet they are. Along with books, magazines, paintings, art, conversation – every type of human interaction you can think of. (Yes – yikes! – even the web.)

Because we’re all about presenting our personal narratives one way or another, aren’t we? And hope that others will board our bus?

Or, to put it a slightly narrower way that’s more in keeping with the article below: It’s incumbent upon every artist to work as hard as she or he can to create an emotional impact in the reader or viewer or listener, whatever. Because that emotional reaction is the real truth underlying all art.

That said:


This is How Films Control Your Mind
by V Renee

Master Mind-Controller Alfred Hitchcock was right. Movies really can control our brains!

The director once said regarding his film Psycho:

I don’t care about the subject matter; I don’t care about the acting; but I do care about the pieces of film and the photography and the soundtrack and all of the technical ingredients that made the audience scream.

Whenever we talk about film and its potential to manipulate audiences to experience certain emotional responses, Hitchcock is the first name that usually pops into people’s heads, but it goes much further and deeper than the ol’ Master of Suspense. Vanessa Hill, writer and host of PBS’ BrainCraft, has posted a video that may make every cinephile a paranoid mess. It covers a relatively new area of study called “neurocinema”, the study of how different filmmaking styles affect an audience’s brain. Check it out below: