Propaganda & Mass Persuasion: "More Viewing Less Knowledge"

Thursday, March 29, 2007

"More Viewing Less Knowledge"

"Despite all the coverage, people in the United States knew remarkably little about many crucial aspects of the back round and context of the war. The more people knew, the less likely they were to support the war; the less they knew, the more strongly they supported the war. People who generally watched a lot of television showed dramatically lower levels of knowledge and were substantially more likely to strongly support the use of military force against Iraq."

This goes back to what Ewen was saying about the portrayal of the war through the media. It says that people who watch more television are more likely to support the war and military force against Iraq. The reasoning behind this is that the media is not giving Americans all the facts about the war. We do not have a full understanding of why we are at war. There is no back round of why we invaded Iraq. Therefore Americans are left with no choice but to believe what we watch on television. The media can not explain the full back round and current story of the Iraq war. In conclusion of this article many believe that the media failed in relaying information to the public.


Blogger A. Mattson said...

Is TV the problem? Does the reliance on television news sound bites and senational imagery doom us to ignorance of the complexity of global affairs?

Would it help if everyone read the Times or the Washington Post?j

If more tv equals less knowledge, what does that mean for a democratic society during wartime?

4/12/2007 11:44 AM  

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