Propaganda & Mass Persuasion: Hand In Hand

Tuesday, February 07, 2006

Hand In Hand

Propaganda and the media go hand in hand. The media is the largest and most efective tool in getting an idea out to the masses. An idea could be a good thing but then if a bad one is pushed upon many people it could spell disaster and lead to a countless number of people beliveing something that's just not right. Jacques Ellul said "modern propaganda profit from the structure of the mass, but exploits the individuals need for self". This shows how propaganda as a machine need the masses for fuel. If no one takes on to it then it fades away, but once that message takes grasp anyone who gives into it is no longer and individual or a free thinker, your just caught up in the mass. It is also important to look at things in context and not to buy into partial truths.

2 Comments:

Blogger ZSpag said...

I forgot to spell check

2/07/2006 1:00 AM  
Blogger A. Mattson said...

The connection between mass psychology and individual psychology is subject of much debate. This distinction of addressing a crowd as if you were speaking to an individual rather than a group, addressing the individual needs, desires and dreams is important. No one likes to think that they are just another member of a faceless mass. To create a sense of solidarity, of belonging and unity while still maintaining a sense of individuality is the trick.

2/13/2006 11:47 PM  

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