Wilson Bryan Key

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Wilson Bryan Key Ph.D. (January 31, 1925 – October 8, 2008) was the author of several books about subliminal advertising and subliminal messages.

Career[edit]

Key obtained his doctorate in communications from the University of Denver and taught journalism for a short period of time at the University of Western Ontario. He was a colleague and friend of Marshall McLuhan.

In a 1990 a Reno, Nevada court case against Judas Priest regarding subliminal messages and a suicide pact between two young men gained international attention. Key was a witness in this case; however, the case was dismissed against Judas Priest and their record company, CBS.[1]

Key died following complications resulting from surgery. He is interred at the Northern Nevada Veteran's Memorial Cemetery in Fernley, Nevada.[2] He was survived by his wife and three daughters.[3]

Bibliography[edit]

  • Subliminal Seduction: Are You Being Sexually Aroused By This Picture? aka "Ad Media's Manipulation of a Not So Innocent America." (1974). Introduction by Marshall McLuhan. Prentice-Hall, Inc. Library of Congress Catalog Card Number: 73-5421.
  • Media Sexploitation (1976). Prentice-Hall, Inc.
  • The Clam-Plate Orgy: And Other Subliminals the Media Use to Manipulate Your Behavior (1980). Signet. Reissued in 1992 as Subliminal Ad-Ventures in Erotic Art by Branden Books.
  • The Age of Manipulation: The Con in Confidence, The Sin in Sincere (1989). H. Holt.

Criticism[edit]

His results and conclusions have been challenged, in books including the following:

  • Boese, Alex (2006). Hippo Eats Dwarf: A Field Guide to Hoaxes and Other B.S. Harcourt, Inc. ISBN 0-15-603083-7. 
  • Moore, Timothy E. (Spring 1992). "Subliminal Perception: Facts and Fallacies". Skeptical Inquirer 16 (3): 273–81.  Reprinted in Encounters with the Paranormal: Science, Knowledge, and Belief, edited by Kendrick Frazier, Prometheus Books, 1998, 253-63. ISBN 1-57392-203-X
  • Pratkanis, Anthony R. (Spring 1992). "Myths of Subliminal Persuasion: The Cargo-cult Science of Subliminal Persuasion". Skeptical Inquirer 16 (3): 260–72.  Reprinted in Encounters with the Paranormal: Science, Knowledge, and Belief, edited by Kendrick Frazier, Prometheus Books, 1998, 240-52. ISBN 1-57392-203-X

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Dream Deceivers: The Story of James Vance & Judas Priest
  2. ^ "Wilson Bryan Key". Find a Grave. Retrieved 2014-06-20. 
  3. ^ http://www.legacy.com/rgj/Obituaries.asp?Page=LifeStory&PersonID=119265576

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