Propaganda & Mass Persuasion: The power of images

Monday, March 13, 2006

The power of images

Propaganda is all about images and symbols. All those images we see through various kinds of channels:advertising, film, radio, magazines, or even fictions are in content highly complecated and selective. Behind every exterior display of the image there are hidden lines open to every reader's explanation except the core concept that has prevailing influence on the whole audience.
Images help fashion perspectives and create characters for everyone to identify with. no matter how they are invented, either from the twisting of the original ones or integrating of kinds of sources, they all convey identities for people to find themselves within. Actually, everybody contributes to part of the image, and when these parts come together, they are combined to have complexity of contents and general influential power. On the other hand, the parts selected have to be of the character that can strengthen the effect desired, in other words, they have to be within certain ideological framework compatible with specific conditions. They see the world through "slanted eyes", and we see it from the creation of them.
Images are the strongest voice of the epoch which can be seen from the development of american icons. When capable women that replaced the positions of wartime men were portrayed as icons during WWII, those who have sexuality and comic naivete in the 1950s were subsequently the icongraphic deliverer, while today we see the burgeoning of "American Idol" or "Dance with the Stars" through which process so called "american dreams" are realized. People need the images of icons to pinge on, to look after, to desire for and to work hard towards, for that's the goal of life. We are now in the midst of an unprecedented identity crisis, while most of us don't know who we are and where we want to go because of the complexity of the world. Under this circumstance, this generation can be the generation that can be most easily influenced.


Blogger Hezellig said...

Aha! You nailed it! Over the past 50 years or so, we have been gradually beaten down into a lower consciousness. One based on instant gratification and base desires. When the people have been put to sleep, they can no longer be role models. The youth will turn to media for instruction on how to live and therefore how to think. We live in a dangerous time indeed.

3/16/2006 5:01 PM  

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