Propaganda & Mass Persuasion: T.V. War Soaps

Tuesday, April 01, 2008

T.V. War Soaps

"Television is where 80% of the people get their information, and what was done to control that information in the six weeks of war "couldn't have been better"
(New York Times, February 15, 1991)

It seems as if Americans really don't realize how much the television effects their daily life. Anything from the soap we use, to the clothes we wear, to the toothpaste we use, the T.V. set controlls the daily images of all of this. Herbert I. Schiller seems to really understand how corrupt (but in a positive motive for the networks) televisions was during the Gulf War. It was set up to look like a very organized war and yet what we don't know is how much was really cut out of the networks. The eyes play tricks on us all, and during this war many believed what they saw and spread the news of a great war, a simple war that we were winning. Television only gave us what they wanted us to see, as for everything else (well lets just say the military took action on that part).


Blogger A. Mattson said...

A ggod point.

TV coverage of the war is so much more important than the print media. You can have amazing reporting in the daily papers and still the vast majority of the population will remain ignorant viewers of a war they don't understand. What doe this tell us about the importance of television to controlling the perception of war?

4/14/2008 1:50 PM  

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