Propaganda & Mass Persuasion: The Real Deal with Type- Casting

Wednesday, March 05, 2008

The Real Deal with Type- Casting


Paul Fussell

"Looking out upon the wartime world, soldiers and civilians alike reduce it to a simplified sketch featuring a limited series of classifications into which people, in the process dehumanized and deprived of individuality or ecentricity, are fitted."

Fussell describes war and the real reasons of how and why discrimination occurs in the war. He explains the different realities we see when we study history and the media that we read and see, and what really happens when you are a soldier and you are following a pack, and a leader. What I don't understand is the fact that even men that fought for our country to do justice still went out and made up some of these names and quotes and justified them to the other men and woman out there.Names in the chapter including beasts, monkey-men, Slavs, Japs and many more only furthered the education of these men and the thought that "Americans" had the right to do so. While reading this book, I ask do I really see the picture of war and propaganda all these years the way I was suppose to?


Blogger A. Mattson said...

A good post, but please edit out all of the extra space in the post. All that blank space makes it hard to read the blog.

Fussell's "Type-casting" chapter really lays out the importance of stereotyping in wartime culture and media. This is not just about American soldiers or British soldiers. Fussell is making an argument about the culture of war itself.

3/05/2008 11:03 PM  

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