Propaganda & Mass Persuasion: Mastering the Art

Thursday, January 31, 2008

Mastering the Art

" The skilled manipulator makes events so intresting in themselves that attention is spontaneously turned in their direction." (Laswell, p.17 )Laswell leads us to believe that those behind propoganda projected in mass media, are in a sense smarter than the average consumer. So much so that we have no choice but to focus our attention on the manipulators "event". manipulation is a strong word, that may not apply to propoganda as a whole because, the idea generally comes from the minds of many. The idea that there is one manipulator who has honed the craft of attention grabbing, can mean that anyone who masters the art of manipulation can lead a campaign, that the average joe will support with out hesitation.


Blogger A. Mattson said...

A good post. Try not to have big blank spaces in or around your post.

One way to approach propaganda is as an "art" practiced by master manipulators. Others speak of science and engineering or manufacturing. Clearly it requires a class of experts who can dramatize and make events "interesting" to the public.

You should use the word manipulation but you don't have to imply that propandists are always successful in their attempts to manipulate.

2/06/2008 10:07 PM  

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