Propaganda & Mass Persuasion: "I Am Public Opinion."

Thursday, February 26, 2009

"I Am Public Opinion."

"I Am Public Opinion" United States Gov't Comm. on Public Information

This was a message produced by the CPI, and contributed through the division of advertising. The article shows a woman standing with one hand raised, similar to the pose of the statue of liberty. She is wearing a crown which reads "Public Opinion."

Basically, the entire passage next to the this woman calls out each and every American to buy the U.S Gov't Bonds. She says

"But, as wise as I am just, I will judge you by the material aid you give the
fighting men who are facing death that you may live and move hand have your
being in a world made safe."

This was a strong message for the American Public, especially those who claimed to patriotism by simply talking. This woman known as the "public Opinion" reached out to each and every American, in such a compelling manner that it would become necessary for them to buy these "liberty bonds." Which war in reality "war bonds."

Lastly, this article or passage is a simple example of how propaganda was used to short circuit people's ability to think rationally. The emotion buttons were continually pushed in these propaganda images and articles. It did not explain the reason of the war, nor did it explain the exact point of these "liberty bonds," but it simply called the Americans to come out and buy these bonds, so that the soldiers may fight for freedom.


Blogger A. Mattson said...

The woman in the image is Columbia the symbol of America since the Revolution

On the origins of Columbia, check out:

This is an appeal to patriotism. It is interesting that "public opinion" itself is a symbol in this advertisement. The association of "pubic opinion" with Columbia, patriotism, support for the war, and the buying of Liberty bonds.

3/11/2009 9:37 PM  

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