Propaganda & Mass Persuasion: "Could Exact Millions"

Thursday, February 09, 2006

"Could Exact Millions"

"Spain, with her great marine fighting machine stationed in a New York harbor, will have it within her power to lay waste to the metropolis of America, and without a single competent vessel to oppose her."
This is taken from the New York Journal from February 17th, 1898. It reminds me of "weapons of mass destruction" and the government creating a fear of Iraq in order to accomplish agendas.
To illustrate what Spain's vessel, the Vizcaya, is capable of doing to New York creates not only fear among Americans, but consent for the government to do what is necessary to protect them from such a fate as a warship attacking New York City or a tyrannical dictator with nuclear and chemical weapons.

4 Comments:

Blogger CBarr said...

I agree with your post. I think fear is one of the biggest motivators, and I'm not suprised it is a tactic often used to gain support for action.

2/12/2006 8:50 PM  
Blogger A. Mattson said...

An apt comparison. What motivated the paper to print this cartoon? Was the Journal acting on its own? How could the sensation of this fear serve the interests of the paper?

2/14/2006 12:57 AM  
Blogger S.Block said...

I think that the fear created by this cartoon would sell more papers. So, the motivation to print the cartoon was the bottom line. Perhaps the Journal was acting on its own, but I think it is more likely that the paper embelished the truth a bit--manipulated it for its own agenda.

2/16/2006 3:03 PM  
Blogger A. Mattson said...

I agree. They didn't just embellish the truth they made it up entirely. There was no threat to New York City from the Vizcaya. It was senstational fear-mongering pure and simple. And as you say, sensationalism sells papers.

2/25/2006 6:40 PM  

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