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Politics and Propaganda: Weapons of Mass Seduction

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In a world of near-boundless suspicion of politics and the media, why do politicians still exploit the familiar techniques of propaganda? And why are we so vulnerable to their inscrutable allure? In Politics and Propaganda Nicholas O'Shaughnessy shows us why propaganda continues to be one of the prime movers of human history.

O'Shaughnessy, renowned author, scholar, and founder of the cutting-edge field of political marketing, explores one of the most-studied but ...

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Overview


In a world of near-boundless suspicion of politics and the media, why do politicians still exploit the familiar techniques of propaganda? And why are we so vulnerable to their inscrutable allure? In Politics and Propaganda Nicholas O'Shaughnessy shows us why propaganda continues to be one of the prime movers of human history.

O'Shaughnessy, renowned author, scholar, and founder of the cutting-edge field of political marketing, explores one of the most-studied but least-understood aspects of civilized society. His comprehensive study of rhetoric, myth, and symbol explains both the evolution of propaganda and its continued success in the modern and post-modern eras. The result is an elegantly argued analysis that draws on a veritable encyclopedia of examples to explain the persistent appeal of disinformation in an age of high media literacy and intense political and social skepticism.

Nicholas Jackson O'Shaughnessy is Professor of Marketing at the University of Keele (UK) and a member of that university's Center for Political Marketing. He is a Fellow of Hughes Hall, Cambridge, and an Elected Fellow of the Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures, and Commerce. Professor O'Shaughnessy is also the author of numerous well-known books on aspects of political marketing.

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"A highly readable, thoroughly interesting, and admirably well-researched treatment of a topic for our times-one that becomes more manifestly important with each passing day."
---Morris B. Holbrook, Columbia University

"Politics and Propaganda presents a groundbreaking reexamination of 'spin' in the post 9/11 world. Wars and campaigns gain novel illumination."
---Rose McDermott, University of California, Santa Barbara

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780472114436
  • Publisher: University of Michigan Press
  • Publication date: 1/5/2005
  • Pages: 276
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Table of Contents

1 A question of meaning 13
2 Explaining propaganda 37
3 An essential trinity : rhetoric, myth, symbolism 65
4 Integuments of propaganda 110
5 Privatising propaganda 143
6 Party propaganda 158
7 Propaganda and the symbolic state: a British experience 172
8 Nine-eleven and war 193
9 Weapons of mass deception : propaganda, the media and the Iraq war 210
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