Propaganda & Mass Persuasion: The War Potato

Thursday, March 29, 2007

The War Potato

"Though citizens may protest, as they did in Vietnam, war encourages us to minimize the independent thought and action central to a democracy." Penley and Ross elaborate on this point by even saying that war is the most undemocratic activity of all, which holds weight in many aspects. It is hard to imagine one being able to gather enough objective information through the media to actually develop an independent thought. With a firewall on the information avavilable to the public, it is difficult for one to create an unbiased opinion about our involvement in a war. In terms of propaganda, I feel this article is highly unlikely to persuade its audience; The title catches the average reader, but the body, through its confusing vocabulary, and is clearly aimed towards an educated reader, in essence, turning off the "couch potato."


Blogger A. Mattson said...

a good post.

The article was aimed at an elite audience in an elite publication. The point was that blaming the media for jingoistic war fever understimates the effect of war itself on the mass opinion.
This article is an editorial not a really a piece of propaganda. The key question is: Does TV create couch potatoes or do couch potatos demand and get the media they deserve?

4/12/2007 11:28 AM  

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