Propaganda & Mass Persuasion: The Big Business Monster

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

The Big Business Monster

Big businesses have always been a problem in the United States. They (big businesses) have been around since the late 1800s. The owners of these businesses, also knows as monopolies, always pointed out the m0re positive aspects of the big business, i.e. they will create jobs for the people and everyone will benefit in the end result. Though there are some positive aspects of the big business, the end result is always negative.

"While Lippmann continued to grapple with persistent patterns of corporate
excess, visions of impending social chaos and upheaval - a revolt of the
masses- had begun to modulate these concerns. Images of the people ruling were,
for Lippmann, assuming an air of menace. Ongoing middle-class hostility
toward big business - once understood as a constructive catalyst for
social reform - had now become, to Lippmann's increasingly conservative mind, an
inadvertent stimulus of social disintegration." ( Stuart Ewen,PR!, pg 61)

This problem with the big business still exist today. During this recession we are experiencing we can see the problems in out economic system. The government has bailed out many of out big business, many companies are laying-off people daily, and everything is becoming more expensive but wages stay the same. Though over a century has passed things are still very similar. Will America ever learn?


Blogger A. Mattson said...

A good choice of quotation.

Not all businesses are big, and not all big businesses are monopolistic. Also, isn't there anything positive about big business? Isn't it a bit simplistic to damn all big corporations?

Lippmann is making a complex point here: the popularity of muckraking attacks on plutocracy had become a danger in and of itself if you believed in a free market society. The progressive publicists successfully exposed the evils of plutocracy but according to Lippmann this was leading not to reform but to a breakdown of the social fabric of capitalism and democracy itself.

2/11/2009 9:47 PM  

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