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Programming The Nation? (2011)



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Programming the Nation? takes a powerful and provocative look at the history of subliminal messaging in America and the ways in which we are being manipulated subconsciously by advertisers, pop-culture, corporations, our military, and politicians. Filmmaker Jeff Warrick leads this journey through the subconscious mind while examining the reported history, scientific research and potential effects of such techniques on society. With eye-opening footage, revealing interviews (with Democracy Now's Amy Goodman, Congressman Dennis Kucinich, Rolling Stone's David Fricke, Douglas Rushkoff and Noam Chomsky, amongst many others), humorous anecdotes, and an array of visual effects, the film categorically explores the alleged usage of subliminals in advertising, music, film, television, political propaganda, military psychological operations, and even advanced weapons development. -- (C) Ignite Productions

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John B. Alexander
as John B. Alexander
Richard Beggs
as Richard Beggs
Nick Begich
as Nick Begich
August Bullock
as August Bullock
Noam Chomsky
as Noam Chomsky
Christopher Coppola
as Christopher Coppola
David Fricke
as David Fricke
Amy Goodman
as Amy Goodman
Hilton A. Green
as Hilton A. Green
Andy Johns
as Andy Johns
Wilson Bryan Key
as Wilson Bryan Key
Dennis Kucinich
as Dennis Kucinich
Jerry Mander
as Jerry Mander
Mark Crispin Miller
as Mark Crispin Miller
Mark Mothersbaugh
as Mark Mothersbaugh
Douglas Rushkoff
as Douglas Rushkoff
Joe Schimmel
as Joe Schimmel
Howard Shevrin
as Howard Shevrin
Ann Simonton
as Ann Simonton
Geoff Tate
as Geoff Tate
Eldon Taylor
as Eldon Taylor
Diane Watson
as Diane Watson
Bill Yousman
as Bill Yousman
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All Critics (16) | Top Critics (9)

The filmmakers deserve credit for delving into a topic that has received scant attention in the movies, but a lot of it is old news (except, perhaps, for younger viewers).

Full Review… | October 27, 2011
San Francisco Chronicle
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Profoundly disturbing, as ambitious as it is provocative.

Full Review… | September 22, 2011
Los Angeles Times
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"Programming the Nation" is a fascinating, infuriating film.

Full Review… | August 19, 2011
Newark Star-Ledger
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This thought-provoking but overlong doc wins points for being all-inclusive.

Full Review… | August 19, 2011
New York Daily News
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A creaky parade of conspiracy and paranoia that collapses military brainwashing and suspected backward-masking in the recording industry into one indigestible lump.

August 18, 2011
New York Times
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What's most frustrating about Programming The Nation? is that the topic is fascinating, and it hasn't been dealt with extensively in documentary form.

Full Review… | August 18, 2011
AV Club
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Audience Reviews for Programming The Nation?

This film is a great insight to the media advertising world and the possibilities of manipulation through media. What a great movie!

Sonya R
Sonya R

I thoroughly enjoyed this film. Kudos to Jeff Warrick for taking us on this trip! Definitely a "fresh" perspective in my book!

Lee Waterworth
Lee Waterworth

Programming the Nation? is an enlightening little documentary exploring the nature of advertising and the media's attempt to manipulate the things we see to get us to buy the things they want us to buy. It succeeds on the strength of director Jeff Warrick's terrific cast of interviewees (including Noam Chomsky, Dennis Kucinich, and the lead singer of the band Queensryche). The film explores everything from Disney's peddling of sex to kids (remember that dust in The Lion King?) to retail chains' practice of pumping submissive chanting through their PA's to subdue potential shoplifters. It's a captivating and insightful look into how advertisers shape the world around us. And it's certainly well worth the watch.

Billy Smith
Billy Smith

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