Tag Archives: Guerrilla: The Taking of Patty Hearst

The documentary describes the 1974-75 events surrounding the kidnapping of newspaper heiress Patty Hearst by the “Symbionese Liberation Army” (SLA), an ordeal that offered US newspapers a bonanza of sensationalist headlines. Hearst joined the SLA in captivity, and, most believe, was a victim of Stockholm Syndrome.

Guerrilla: The taking of Patty Hearst – it’s not the whole story

Mary/ March 12, 2017/ Documentary/ 0 comments

The movie is an accurate portrayal of UC Berkeley and other college campuses in America in the late 1960s-70s. Forty years have passed since the Patty Hearst case, yet its environment is strikingly similar to today’s. A few weeks ago, UC Berkeley was mired with violent protests against Milo Yiannopoulos of Breitbart News, a conservative media outlet (Gecker, 2017; Ross, 2017). Not only disallowing free speech on the campus, but the Berkeley protesters also removed metal barriers, smashed windows in buildings both on-campus and off, and defied police, who, fortunately, were able to protect the speaker from the violence.

Propaganda, mind control, and engineering public opinion

Pam/ March 9, 2017/ Documentary/ 0 comments

Mind control is an interesting concept. This terminology most often conjures up notions of intrigue, sci-fi, destructive cults, MK Ultra, and maybe thoughts of Jason Bourne. In describing Patty Hearst at her trial, her defense team highlighted Hearst’s terror and the abuses of her captivity, suggesting that she may have been drugged into a “disordered and frightened” state. The idea

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The Patty Hearst case: persuasion, persecution, or predisposition?

Lucy/ March 9, 2017/ Documentary/ 0 comments

Combine a predisposition of Patty Hearst with the counterculture of San Francisco/Berkeley in the 1970’s, and you have a recipe for truth stranger than fiction. If the SLA were, to Patty, a mere vessel for escaping the confines of her life, it may not have taken much persuasion or brainwashing to win her cooperation in staging a kidnapping.