Propaganda & Mass Persuasion: Lasswell Position on Propaganda

Thursday, February 01, 2007

Lasswell Position on Propaganda


According to Harold D. Lasswell Propaganda; his position on the state of propaganda states,
"It refers solely to the control of opinion by significant symbols, or, to speak more concretely and less accurately by stories, rumors, reports, pictures and other forms of social communication."

http://www.ipsonet.org/index.php?go=awards-lasswell

Lasswell also states " Propaganda that threaten the fundamental patterns of a given group are revolutionary and invariably call counter revolutionary propaganda into existence."(Propaganda, Lasswell pg.16)

Today’s idea of propaganda weighs heavily among a type of significance aimed at influencing the judgment or actions of people. Instead of objectively providing information, propaganda is often purposely deceptive, using sound fallacy, which, while sometimes credible, is not essentially valid

1 Comments:

Blogger A. Mattson said...

A good, substantial post.

Revolutionary propaganda stimulates counter-revolutionary propaganda. Propaganda as a form of social communication including rumor spread through the masses.

Is accurate information the antidote to propaganda? Do facts counter propaganda? Objectivity can be simulated and information is what the other side calls its own propaganda. Can a symbol be objective? Aren't symbols inherently ambiguous?

2/12/2007 9:32 PM  

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