This chapter examines how television shows and movies have represented various forms of mind control, and shows how these representations rely on different philosophies of the mind. As scenes of mind control and brainwashing are used for entertainment purposes to drive plot, they also help to build assumptions about how the mind works, and those assumptions, as reflected in television programs, have changed over time from the mind as and individualized, mechanistic device to a more collective conception of the self.
Steven Gibson earned a master’s degree in communication studies at California State University, Northridge and is working toward a doctorate in education at Northcentral University. His research has focused on questions of cognition and communication. Some of his studies have addressed how people respond to mediated communication and communicate about conflict. He has presented at conferences relating to computer science, artificial intelligence, human communications, and conflict resolution. He has written a series of published newspaper editorials on community issues and given trainings on listening skills and community involvement. Steven also has written articles and chapters in academic collections on the topics of computer science and cognitive research.