Propaganda & Mass Persuasion: War Graphics

Sunday, March 30, 2008

War Graphics


“The Gulf War… was about the ability of the mass media to deliver and even shape the news, and also about the ability of governments, both ours and Saddam’s, to shape and control the news.” (MacArthur 79)

This statement is a critical generalization in accordance with the 1991 Gulf War, and furthermore, propaganda in general. It is fascinating to discover that the U.S. was so well prepared to intervene with Iraq and Kuwait. It’s also interesting to observe this ongoing saga of international relations during wartime:

After engaging in the text, the pages confirm, that a country will support a war if it is beneficial to them. On the contrary, a country may reject helping another government if it is foreseen to impair them, even if a country sincerely needs help. This was made evident when the U.S. allowed Iran and Iraq to beat their heads together simply because it was more convenient for the United States.

Upon the many methods governments might use to gain political views, propaganda still seems to be the most poignant force in shaping how the public perceives the news.

1 Comments:

Blogger A. Mattson said...

We need to get beyond the recognition that governments influence if not control the coverage of war. Yes, propaganda is an important means of persuasion. What are the some examples of this influence and control? How does it work?

4/14/2008 2:41 PM  

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