Many thanks to my friend, Dr. William Hamilton, Neumann University (near Philadelphia, PA), and Dave Bullis of BullWitt Media for inviting, hosting and producing the video for this lecture last October. It turned out fantastic! You can watch the entire event above or full-screen it directly on youtube.
The video is almost an hour-and-a-half long, but you might find it entertaining. In short, my talk raises the question whether or not icons of the uncanny (the double, the living dead, deja vu, etc.) in popular culture (particularly TV advertising) still have the capacity to frighten, or if they are achieving some other ends? I provide an overview of the theory of the uncanny, an analysis of some quirky advertisements (several of which first appeared here on this blog), and engage in an open conversation with the good students and faculty at Neumann U, during my visit last Halloween season. You can visit my original coverage about this trip or see my photolog for copious weird images captured during my enjoyable visit.
Thanks again to the fabulous folks at Neumann for allowing me to talk about these issues and share them now here in a streaming video. Your comments and shares are certainly most welcome!