Propaganda & Mass Persuasion: Believe none of what you hear and half of what you see.

Thursday, January 31, 2008

Believe none of what you hear and half of what you see.

The systematic dissemination of information, ideas or rumors designed to skew a perception of a particular entity is a common practice that is very prevalent in modern society. This slanted information is known as propaganda. Though this is a contemporary practice it has primitive roots. According to Lasswell, "Classical Greek and Roman literature is the more or less accidental residue of propaganda. The walls of Pompeii were found to be covered with election appeals...In the American Revolution committees of correspondence fostered anti-English sentiment" (Laswell 14) This sort of manipulation grew stronger with the introduction of Sigmund Freud's theories of psychoanalysis.


Blogger A. Mattson said...

You have three topics in this short post: First, a definition of propaganda, second, the point that propaganda has a long history, and third, that psychoanalysis had some effect on propaganda.

All of these points are worthy of discussion, but next time choose one point and develop it. Posts need to stick to one point if possible.

2/06/2008 9:20 PM  

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