I love looking up pictures of the authors I’m reading. This is one of my favorites. In 1895 Gustave Le Bon wrote the founding document of crowd psychology, a slim book called La Psychologie Des Foules or The Crowd: A Study of the Popular Mind. He’s one of those people who’s had an influence on the way everyone thinks, even if very few people have heard of him.
He wrote about the characteristics and psychology of crowds in the French Revolution, describing them as irrational, unruly, and needing to be controlled. His writings opened up the door for 20th-century mass manipulators, including Mussolini, Hitler, Nazi propagandist Joseph Goebbels, and public relations/propaganda genius Edward Bernays.
Le Bon’s speculations about crowds turned out to be accurate in a profound way. They’re timeless truths about what crowds are and how people in them are vulnerable to influences that come from within and without the crowd.
(My guess is that Gustave was doing his best to stand out from the crowd with that facial hair.)
I think everyone should read his book. But maybe that’s just because it inspired my thesis.
- David ‘13
Evan was referring to the Plan essay, which is written in the beginning of your sophomore year, and involves a description of what you intend to do during the rest of your time at Bennington. This only ends up being about 3-5 pages, and is read by a panel of three or more faculty members who then discuss your Plan with you during a Plan meeting.
Senior work, on the other hand, can be a whole range of things. Some people choose to write a thesis on their chosen Plan topic or question, which can definitely reach 80-100 pages, but others choose to do projects that are discussed and determined with the same Plan committee.
Hope this cleared up any confusion!
- Rachel ‘14
I’m guessing you’re talking about the spectacular Harlots From Venus. If so, none of the Admissions Interns were involved in the project, and the rough cut final version was just screened for the school two days ago, so I doubt it’s been put on youtube yet.
That being said, hand on my heart, I will do my best to track it down and get it up here at some point because it’s great.