Propaganda & Mass Persuasion: Public Opinion

Sunday, February 25, 2007

Public Opinion

"Photographs have the kind of authority over imagination today, which the printed word had yesterday, and the spoken word before that." Pictures, visual symbols, and images are very powerful. Pictures are a quick instant way of expressing an idea or emotion. Someone once said, "a picture is worth a thousand words". I feel this is true. These pictures or images help to shape peoples perceptions. It is often used to shape the publics opinion about things. The mass media knows this and frequently uses pictures.

2 Comments:

Blogger A. Mattson said...

This is a key point. The importance of images during wartime cannot be overstated. The Propaganda and the mass media during WWI used images to move the masses. Word pictures, photographs, movies, illustrations, posters, etc.

2/25/2007 11:04 PM  
Blogger Chris J. Semelrath said...

I agree with Deluca, especially in regards to how the media can shape public opinions about things. A picture can be taken at just the right moment; i.e. a U.S. Marine firing at an enemy can be used as an anti-war tool, while the picture might have been captured moments after that same enemy had thrown a grenade. Pictures are important for propagandists, but may not always be telling the whole truth.

2/26/2007 10:27 AM  

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