Propaganda & Mass Persuasion: Lasswell's Propaganda

Thursday, February 01, 2007

Lasswell's Propaganda

One idea about propaganda that I thought was important was the fact that there are so many different types of propaganda. Also, propaganda can be anything that someone believes in or thinks. If you try to get someone else to believe the same thing as you, it may be perceived as propaganda. Propaganda is usually thought of as negative but it can infact be positive. According to Lasswell,

"the process by which such techniques as those of spelling, letter forming,
piano playing, lathe handling and dialectic are transmitted may be called education, while those by which value dispositions (hatred or respect toward a
person, group or policy) are organized may be called propaganda"


Blogger A. Mattson said...

A thoughtful post. Yes, propaganda is in the eye of the beholder. One society's educational system is another's system of indoctrination and propaganda. The hardest propaganda to identify is our own.

2/12/2007 10:18 PM  

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