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Chipnapped! Electronics and 'Targeted Individuals'

Chipnapped! Electronics and 'Targeted Individuals'
1 Devonshire Place, Munk School of Global Affairs, Room 208N
Time: Nov 19th, 4:00 pm End: Nov 19th, 6:00 pm
Interest Categories: United States Studies, Science/Technology, Psychology, Psychiatry, Information, Faculty of, Cinema
Lecture by Jeffrey Sconce, Northwestern University

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

Jeffrey Sconce, Screen Cultures, Northwestern University

Chipnapped! Electronics and 'Targeted Individuals'

Over the past decade, a growing community has claimed to be victims of covert electronic harassment. Calling themselves “targeted individuals,” this group manifests many of the symptoms historically associated with paranoid schizophrenia. This presentation considers the historical relationship between electronics and psychosis, as well as the contemporary difficulties in identifying “delusional” thought in relation to the media.

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 and open to all, but registration is required.  Please click HERE to register.

For further information, please contact the Centre for the Study of the United States at (416) 946-8900.

Download digest of CSUS events for November 19-24 [pdf]

This event is co-sponsored by the Cinema Studies Institute.

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