Propaganda & Mass Persuasion: E. L Godkin. The Growth & Expansion of Public Opinion

Wednesday, February 04, 2009

E. L Godkin. The Growth & Expansion of Public Opinion

"...newspapers are made to sell; and for this purpose there is nothing better then war..."
(Godkin, 1898)
That last part of that statement made by E.L Godkin in the Atlantic Monthly newspaper is very striking to me. War, fighting, dying - why in the world would someone see that as a good thing? After reading this article it made sense to me although still confusing but I see how it wasn't meant to be taken as to glorify war.
"War means daily sensation and excitment"
(Godkin, 1898)
As sad as it may be, this is 100% true. It is the same concept as with drama and rumors between high school students, there is never a dull moment. Drama and tradegy is what sells mostly. This doesn't mean people are heartless and have a drive for these types of things bit it is interesting. Everyone has there own opinion on things and journalism is informing people on sujects so they can develop that own opinion.


Blogger A. Mattson said...

A good post. Godkin is critical of the yellow press for profiting off of the conflict and his analysis of the role of the press during wartime is still applies.

2/10/2009 12:28 AM  

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