Propaganda & Mass Persuasion: House of Truth

Thursday, February 22, 2007

House of Truth

"House of Truth" What an interesting name to give to an organization that was so successful in manipulating the American Public. George Creel, the direct or the committee of Public Information was successful in orchestrating advertising, publications, journalists, education, artists, Hollywood, the film industry and the Four Minute Men to compose a dedicated public support for the War.
"To achieve the ideological mobilization of an entire nation and to sell
America's vision of the war globally, an extensive fabric of persuasion would
have to be knit."

Not only was he successful in controlling the American support for the war, but he used the CPI to control the public in monitoring each other and encouraged people to report others who appeared to be working for the Germans.

Using images that played on the emotions of America, Creel was successful at using his web of propaganda, known as the CPI, to persuade the thoughts and sentiments of middle-class Americans to support a war of Democracy that was originally believed to be the rich man's war.


Blogger A. Mattson said...

A good post.

"Control" is such a strong word. I doubt that Creel, himself, would have used such a big word to describe the influence of the CPI during the war. It was a difficult job to influence public opinion at home and abroad. The CPI made many enemies with its attempts to manipulate public opinion. It was incredibly successful in generating a massive amount of propaganda, but that does not mean that the CPI could really dictate public opinion or "control" their behavior.

2/25/2007 11:00 PM  

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