Propaganda & Mass Persuasion

Tuesday, February 28, 2006


The birth of the CPI U.S. Committee on Public Information established by President Woodrow Wilson in April 1917, one week after the U.S. declared war on Germany and entered the First World War. The CPI was created as a propaganda bureau intended to mobilize and channel popular enthusiasm essentially, to drum up support for the war effort.

3 Comments:

Blogger CBarr said...

How do we view this, though? Would we have been successful in our war efforts if not persuaded by the CPI? Would there have been enough support without its messages? What would have happened to our economy if the efforts of the CPI failed and we did not pursue the course of action we did? What would it have meant for our Country as a whole? What about American solidarity as opposed to support among the immigrants to their native lands? Do we view this as something that was beneficial or harmful?

3/01/2006 6:33 PM  
Blogger JaRogers said...

The CPI was a great thing. It raised morale in the country because it was able to make people believe that the war or anything that was going on outside the country was a good idea. The CPI made people support the war efforts and back up the presidents decision.

3/01/2006 11:27 PM  
Blogger A. Mattson said...

True enough. Without the CPI mass mobilization for war would not have been possible. Large scale modernware require the systematic mass production of propaganda. If you agree with the ends then the means would seem justified. The question of what sort of mass persuasion is necessary is the key question. Is there such a think as democratic propaganda? A form of mass persuasion that would respect the intellectual capabilitie of the citizens? Or are emotional appeals to our baser instincts and drives required to herd us to war? What kind of persuasion is proper? Or does national security come first?

3/02/2006 7:42 AM  

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