Propaganda & Mass Persuasion: Flaws and Foibles Magnified & Distorted

Thursday, February 01, 2007

Flaws and Foibles Magnified & Distorted

To ’08 Hopefuls, Media Technology Can Be Friend or Foe - New York Times

Hillary Clinton was caught on tape singing off-key. What does this say about the pitfalls of modern politics?

To illustrate the perils of new media coverage take a look a the msnbc video posted on youtube.

The close scrutiny of every word and facial expression limits the ability of candidates communicate except in very controlled and scripted settings. The level of paranoia in these campaigns must be extraordinary. For example take Joe Biden's recent comments on Barak Obama and the media flurry that followed. Also witness Biden's use of Jon Stewart's show to announce his candidacy.


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