Propaganda & Mass Persuasion: CPI: THE FORERUNNERS OF CENSORSHIP

Friday, February 16, 2007


"We must listen carefully to the questions that our neighbors are asking, and we must ask ourselves whether these questions could be subverting the security of our youn men in uniform," said Ewen from House of Truth. Also he said, " These are questions constantly whispered by Germans sympathizers, openly asked by many others who simply do not understand."
The CPI was started by President Woodrow Wilson to help sell the idea of America going into WW1. There main job was to mass persuade the audience to help with the effort. Through their efforts they made advancements in advertisement, motion pictures, etc. They had their claws into every mass media and perhaps made it better. The bad side is they made it possible for the government to censor people. They knew how to sto[p the newspapers, prevent other movies that went against their views. They even had a network of spies that helped promote their idea and spied on their neighbor. In the end, the CPI was started by people who was a gainst corruption, but they made it posssible for people to corrupt their syste,, aka Macarthism.


Blogger A. Mattson said...

A substantive post. Remember to spell check and proof read. Also, break your post up into shorter paragraphs rather than one long paragraph.

The threat of spies and subversion was an important theme in wartime propaganda. It a created a dramatic atmosphere of threat that was useful for mobilizing the population.

McCarthyism is a term used to describe the anti-communist red scare after WWII. While there are similarities between the fear of German spies during WWI and McCarthyism we should not confuse the two periods.

2/25/2007 7:55 PM  

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