Selisker, Scott. Human Programming: Brainwashing, Automatons, and American Unfreedom. Minneapolis, MN: Minnesota UP, 2016.
Described by the author as "a cultural history of the idea of the programmable mind in the US" (e-mail, 12 Dec. 2018). From the Press website:
Scott Selisker demonstrates how American conceptions of freedom and of humanity have changed in tandem with developments in science and technology. He argues that literary, cinematic, and scientific representations of the programmed mind have long shaped conversations in U.S. political culture about freedom and unfreedom, and about democracy and its enemies, from the Cold War to the War on Terror.