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Technologies for Intuition: Cold War Circles and Telepathic Rays

Alaina Lemon


Cold War paranoia can only partly describe or explain the twentieth-century dreams of telepathy. The nightmare shades of mind control and crowd frenzy have long alternated with the pastels of love and collective effervescence. Both extremes materialized over time, along tangled circuits of wars, events, and interactions staged across borders since at least the nineteenth century. The Cold War and its fences fed fascination with the workings and the failures of contact and communication. Opposed sides accused each other of jamming media and spinning propaganda even while they mirrored fantasies ... More

Keywords: telepathy, theatricality, mediation, contact, phaticity, Cold War, history and theories of communication

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780520294271
Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2018 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520294271.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Alaina Lemon, author
University of Michigan