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Chipnapped: Influence, Reference, and the Perfect Delusion

Chipnapped: Influence, Reference, and the Perfect Delusion
1 Devonshire Place, Room 208N
Time: Apr 2nd, 4:00 pm End: Apr 2nd, 6:00 pm
Interest Categories: United States Studies, Science/Technology, Psychology, Psychiatry, Political Science, Cinema, 2000-, 1950-2000
Lecture by Jeffrey Sconce, Northwestern U. -- CANCELLED

The Centre for the Study of the United State is pleased to present:

Jeffrey Sconce, Northwestern University

Chipnapped: Influence, Reference, and the Perfect Delusion


Many clinicians assert that delusions involving media control constitute the predominant symptom in psychotic paranoia, and yet psychiatry does not recognize the "technical delusion" as an official diagnostic category. This talk examines the reasons for this blind spot in psychiatric history, and considers the unique challenges that media technologies present in diagnosing delusional ideation. Finally, the talk addresses the implication of microchip implantation as an increasingly prominent psychotic symptom. How does the "brain chip," as a microminiaturization of the schizophrenic "influencing machine," present a particularly diabolical symptom for both psychosis and psychiatry?

Jeffrey Sconce is Associate Professor in the Screen Cultures Department at Northwestern University. He is the author of Haunted Media: Electronic Presence from Telegraphy to Television (Duke 2000), and the editor of Sleaze Artists: Cinema at the Margins of Taste, Style, and Financing (Duke 2007). His forthcoming book, The Technical Delusion: Electronics, Power, and Insanity, presents a history of delusions in relation to electronic media.

This event is free but registration is required.  Click HERE to register. For further information, please contact the Centre for the Study of the United States at csus@utoronto.ca or (416) 946-8972.

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