Propaganda & Mass Persuasion: Couch Potatoes Aren't Dupes

Wednesday, April 09, 2008

Couch Potatoes Aren't Dupes

"War makes people stupid not tv." The writers were referring to the fact that during the Persian Gulf War, people were not as much protesting the war, but supporting it. The war or information reported about the war was always on tv. People were glued to the television sets to find out any new information. This was a war where the flow of information was controlled by the millitary. The military is not a democratic institution. So the average citizen who watched the news for updates on the war received what the military wanted them to see and not much else.


Blogger A. Mattson said...

What about the argument that the authors are making here? They believe that the media should not be blamed for the popular support for the war, instead, it is war itself that attracts the masses.

War allows people to act in ways that are not acceptable in peacetime.

Is the pleasure of war and its excitements more important than the power of the media to shape public opinion?

4/13/2008 10:23 PM  

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