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Chaos and Control

The Critique of Computation in American Commercial Media (1950-1980)

Steve Anderson, Author

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Media Chronology

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  1. Introduction to The Batman serial "The Electrical Brain"
  2. The EMERAC computer arrives in Desk Set
  3. Sex Kittens Go to College title sequence
  4. Doris Day inadvertently creates punch card chaos in That Touch of Mink
  5. Brainwashing demo in The Manchurian Candidate
  6. Introduction to MACS (Magnetic Analyzer Computer Synchrotron) in The Honeymoon Machine
  7. An educational testing computer mistakes Patty Duke for a genius
  8. The Doomsday device epitomizes Cold War madness in Dr. Strangelove
  9. A computer hardware failure initiates an accidental nuclear attack in Fail Safe
  10. Dr. Goldfoot demonstrates his bikini machine in Dr. Goldfoot and the Bikini Machine
  11. Alphabet soup is used as an interface for the bat computer on TV's Batman
  12. A "superhuman brain" is destroyed on Get Smart
  13. Computer dehumanization on The Monkees
  14. A data processing computer is repurposed by criminals in The Fat Spy
  15. The ultimate computer threatens world domination in The Man From U.N.C.L.E.
  16. A program for anti-communist revolution in Billion Dollar Brain
  17. Verbal sparring between a future human and analytical computer on Star Trek
  18. Mannix vs. Technology
  19. The President's Analyst explains why the phone company had to be broken up
  20. Barbarella computer voice interface
  21. Biological metaphors explain the functioning of a computer in The Computer Wore Tennis Shoes
  22. Supercomputers invent an intersystem language in Colossus: The Forbin Project
  23. Don Knotts creates punch card chaos in How to Frame a Figg
  24. Multi-source data processing is used to combat terrorism in The Doll Squad
  25. Transition from audio/visual to data surveillance in The Conversation
  26. Punch card chaos in Snowball Express
  27. A warning to viewers about real world data surveillance on The Rockford Files
  28. A supercomputer serves as cultural memory pool in Rollerball
  29. A hybrid organic-synthetic brain in Demon Seed
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