Propaganda & Mass Persuasion: When Will The Band Wagon Stop?

Thursday, January 31, 2008

When Will The Band Wagon Stop?

"Everybody is doing it" (pg. 222)

Reaction: Is a phrase that nobody should use to try and convince a person of joining something or participating in something. It's called a free will, a person can do what he or she likes to do for the most part. I myself have strayed far from the path of social norms, to the degree that I'm a normal human being, I just don't give into things that everyone else feels the need to dive right in to. It's a shame that industries force themselves upon people to get them to buy their product, take for instance cigarette ads. They have some of the most pointless advertisments, but somehow they seem to sucker in people, and these people in my opinion are ruining themselves. The picture above implies that with smoking you have a better chance to be intimate with a lady, clearly this is not a true implication. A person normally likes you for many other reasons. The saying "everybody's doing it", could easily be used to harness in a teenager or young adult.

"All the artifices of flattery are used to harness fears and hatreds,
prejudices and biases, convictions and ideals common to the group; thus emotion
is made to push and pull the group on to the band wagon"

Reaction: Smoking companies know exactly what to do with suckering in some kids, so thats why people with good hearts come up with websites like this to help children and other people.


Blogger A. Mattson said...

You chose a good quote, but the post needs some editing.

Cigarette advertising has a long history of using sex to sell cigarettes.

Is there a difference between a sexual appeal and the band wagon appeal?

2/06/2008 10:50 PM  

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