I recently watched a 4 part documentary by Adam Curtis done for the BBC in 2002 entitled The Century of the Self. I borrowed it from the library but I know it is available on line. It is very interesting and illustrates just how we became a consumer society (the U.S. first and then the U.K.) and how using discoveries from Freud and techniques of psychoanalysis our consumerism was born. These techniques were then used by politicians (beginning with Thatcher and Reagan) to "market" candidates. Adam Curtis has done a number of other documentaries but they are not all available in the U.S. I think they are all available on line, though. I have two more ordered from the library. The most recent in titled "All Watched OVer By Machines of Loving Grace" and was made in 2011. I would recommend anyone interested in messsaging watch this.