Propaganda & Mass Persuasion: Influencing Humans Opinions

Monday, February 05, 2007

Influencing Humans Opinions


"Propaganda in the broadest sense is the technique of influencing human action by the manipulation of representations." (Lasswell 13) Lasswell's argument and quote is that propaganda can come from any one person or group of people to help their cause of influence. The article talks about how propaganda is used to persuade another into taking action towards the idea that the propagandist is preaching. Propagandists can spread their words through various forms. Examples would be musical lyrics, posters, and art forms. The ultimate goal is to always make the participant take action such as propagandists did in World War I and II as the article stated. Personally, I feel people can be manipulated very easily to see another persons views. Lasswell brings about many fine points about how their are different forms of propaganda and their purpose is always the same to influence the participant into taking action which interests me . Finally, I think propaganda is a powerful tool that when used correctly can make a difference in the way people perceive significant issues affecting their lives.

2 Comments:

Blogger bdenoyer said...

I disagree with you when you said "I feel people can be manipulated very easily to see another persons views." I think that yes some people are easily persuaded but that is because they are either week minded or are looking for an excuse or reason to be manipulated. I think that propaganda is a good tool that helps to do so but I do not think that everyone can be manipulated.

2/05/2007 10:46 PM  
Blogger A. Mattson said...

A good thoughtful post. The Lasswell quote is a basic observation. Are people easily manipulated by "representations"? Do you feel like you are easily manipulated by the media and propaganda? Are the people you know easily swayed by advertising or political messages? How powerful is one message? How powerful are many?

2/14/2007 10:35 PM  

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