Propaganda & Mass Persuasion: House of Truth of yesterday and today

Monday, February 26, 2007

House of Truth of yesterday and today

"The ‘House of Truth’ as Creel called the CPI, was extraordinarily sophisticated and far reaching, providing an unequaled laboratory for pursuing local, national, and international publicity work." (p. 111)

George Creel and the CPI persuaded Americans to support the war of Democracy. Creel was a notable Investigative Journalist. His means of persuasion were by giving the public information in newspapers (ex: the Official Bulletin) and any other media source he could get his hands on. Why did he use these media sources as a way of persuasion? It seems to me that Creel did this to show the public that they were getting something for free. The latest information made available. But in reality he was using a way of manipulation to get the public to support the war.

We sort of have that belief system today in the media. As the public, we know to open up a newspaper or to turn on the television to get our information. What most people do not realize is that a lot of these news organizations have some sort of persuasion in their program or article. Commentator programs are an excellent example of this.

To compare, just turn on Fox News and MSNBC. Two completely different opinions but again persuasive in their own ways. You also must consider what large corporations own these news organizations as well. Today’s ‘House of Truth’ could be the entire media industry all rolled into one. The question still remains though. Are they always telling the truth or is it just to feed us persuasive information?
Rupert Murdoch is the chairman and managing director of News Corporation. Please take a look at his political beliefs in the link that I have provided. You should have a better understanding of why Fox News is the way it is.


Blogger bdenoyer said...

great post i agree with it totally

2/27/2007 2:40 PM  
Blogger S.Mendoza said...

You are absolutely correct on your points of view. It is interesting to see how Creel's interpretation of the CPI is still relevant in today's news. Good post!

3/02/2007 11:50 AM  
Blogger Alysha said...

I agree also. Nice photos too!

3/06/2007 10:55 AM  

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