Propaganda & Mass Persuasion: Propaganda and its effect on society

Thursday, February 01, 2007

Propaganda and its effect on society


Propaganda is a form of manipulation on society. It is a cheaper less obvious way of controlling the minds of the public. Laswell states
"Some exist to organize an attitude toward a person or group, others toward a
policy or institution."
Laswell states later in the reading that
"Propaganda attains eminence as the one means of mass mobilization that is
cheaper then violence, bribery or other possible control techniques."
Therefore Laswell is stating that it is a way of getting people to think and pass on information to each other with having to use other strenuous techniques. If the propagandist is cleaver they are able to draw attention to their event with no expense to themselves. Laswell explains that propaganda is a tool used to influence a mass group of people but also powerful enough to influence one person that will pass the idea onto others.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harold_Lasswell

1 Comments:

Blogger A. Mattson said...

Nic picture. Decent post. Remember to spell check and proof-read.

I am also not sure that the emphasis on "cheap" and "no expense" is that useful. Lasswell is comparing propaganda as a means of persuasion to violence as a means of persuasion here. Propaganda still involves enormous effort and planning, just less than mass violence and war.

2/12/2007 9:43 PM  

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