Propaganda & Mass Persuasion: Primary Documents

Monday, February 26, 2007

Primary Documents

I agree with this article. In this article it is mentioned that war for newspapers are the most proporous times. The information doesnt have to be acurate because either way the story sells. I agree, because when the war in Iraq first begun it was mentioned everywhere, in papers, the news etc and even though the information was everywhere people still found excitment in the newspapers. For the newspapers even though it is sad to say "trouble times are the best for a newspaper proprietor." War is a sad and troublesome time, even though it shouldnt be for excitement or entertainment, it sometimes come across that way.


Blogger bdenoyer said...

i agree with you in a way i mean i think at frist the papers sell during war time and definitly they sold more during the past decades but now people do not read the news paper as much because we have so many other media out lets such as tv and the internet so in that way papers i do not think that still sells as much today.

2/27/2007 2:36 PM  
Blogger A. Mattson said...

A decent post. Always cite the article you are reacting to clearly. Which part of Primary Documents are you referring to here?

You are correct, during wartime accuracy is often sacrificed for a sensational story. Excitement does sell papers.

It is important to note that while circulation and ratings go up during a war, so do the costs of collecting the news. The media often lose money covering a war becuase of the enormous logistical effort necessary to cover a war on the other side of the globe. The hope is that the readers and viewers will stay tuned even after the war is over thus increasing audience share and longterm profitability.

2/28/2007 8:31 PM  

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