Propaganda & Mass Persuasion: The Media's Influence and the Start of a War

Thursday, February 14, 2008

The Media's Influence and the Start of a War

" Everythingi s quiet. There is no trouble here. There will be no war. Wish to return. Remington." Hearst is reputed to have replied: "please remain. You furnish the pictures and ill furnish the war. Hearst."


Understanding that the media's job is to expose anything that is going on in the world, is it also okay for the media to take advantage of the opportunity by instigating to create future issues?
By doing this, the media drastically takes problems to another level. Since the late 19th century, the media has continued to influence the turn out of major issues throughout the entire world. It's almost like they are determined to do this by any means neccessary. In this quote, Hearst, made it clear that he will use such tactics to release a good article on how the spanish are barbaric. Being that this was a success, no man's life or property was safe and the soldiers got executed in ways no man has ever seen. So, now the question becomes, is it right for such actions to take place?

1 Comments:

Blogger A. Mattson said...

This quotation is not enough (it is also probably false.) So, don't base to much on this one story.

Was Hearst really able to "furnish the war"? Did any one publisher really have that kind of power? The larger issue is the power of the media to move a population to war. Is a big, sensational campaign all it takes to start a war? Or must other factors be present as well?

2/18/2008 10:50 PM  

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