Propaganda & Mass Persuasion: Hungry Journalist

Thursday, February 05, 2009

Hungry Journalist

Primary Documents: "The Growth and Expansion of Public Opinion"
E.L. Godkin, Atlantic Monthly, January, 1898

"Newspapers are made to sell; and for this purpose there is nothing better than war. War means daily sensation and excitement. On this almost any kind of newspaper may live and make money. Whether the war brings victory or defeat makes the difference. The important thing is that in war every moment may bring important and exciting news, news which does not need to be accurate or bear sifting."

The growth of public opinion has advanced over times history. Giving more lead way in what can actually be said in a newspaper or any printed material at that. During this era, war has played center stage, and many journalist have made it their life goals to spread the "real or entertainment" of war. Because of the sentimental actions of September 11, 2001 and the days following that crisis, printed media has evaluated their economic growth by the millions, but the question should of been, "should newspapers be free during times of war?"


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