Propaganda & Mass Persuasion: George Creel's Public Opinion

Thursday, February 28, 2008

George Creel's Public Opinion

As an important reprsentative and advocate for the Committee on Public Information, George Creel contributed to the massive propaganda campaign he helped support. In his 1918 "Public Opinion in War Time", Creel outlines the motives and necessity for the CPI. Creel proclaims America's need for unity as a cohesive and effective society and states, "we had to establish a new medium." He directly validates his opinion that American's lack an informed opinion, one which would also be identical to his and what he and countless other professionals promote through the CPI. Towards the end of the piece Creel encourages the termination of dwelling on the negative and poor decisions made by the country with the quote, "let us not tear down the whole structure of acheivement when we have to replace a defective brick". Instead, George Creel urges the American people to focus on the substantial and concrete acheivements of the country which he believes will aid in the military and economic success following this war.


Blogger A. Mattson said...

An interesting discussion.

Creel is essentially saying that the ends (victory, democracy,) justify the means (manipulation.)

He was attacked for his leadership of the CPI during the war. Were these attacks justified? Did the CPI go too far? Was the use of sensational images rather than facts undemocratic? Irrational?

But isn't war irrational? Are the people irrational?

3/05/2008 10:15 PM  

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