Propaganda & Mass Persuasion: I Am Public Opinion!

Sunday, March 02, 2008

I Am Public Opinion!

"I will judge you not by your mad cheers as our boys march away to whatever fate may have in store for them.

I will judge you not by the warmth of tears you shed over the lists of the dead and the injured that come to us from time to time.

But, as wise, I am just. I will judge you by the material aid you give to the fighting men who are facing death that you may live and move and have your being in a world safe."

During World War I, you had a choice. Fight or buy War Bonds. The form of a person representing public opionion in this poem will give judgement to those who sit idly by and do nothing for the ones putting themselves on the line to provide a better future for the people back at home.

Forget tears and cheers! It does nothing for the ones fighting for you. Support the war! Buying bonds was the only way to provide full support to the army.

"I feel that public opinion has its source in the minds of people, that it has its base in reason, and that it expresses slow-formed convictions rather than any temporary excitement or any passing passion of the moment." (Creel, Document 32)

And that "human" form of public opinion is doing just that. Passing judgement without giving any form of temporary relief to the people.

People do need to realize that back then, you needed to do something. Buying war bonds was the only way to help.


Blogger A. Mattson said...

"Public Opinion" is important during wartime. The public itself is aware the public opinion is crucial during wartime. Here public opinion as peer pressure as moral suasion, as an instrument of shaming is being used to move people to buy Liberty Bonds.

3/05/2008 10:27 PM  

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