Propaganda and Democracy: The American Experience of Media and Mass Persuasion

Propaganda and Democracy: The American Experience of Media and Mass Persuasion

by J. Michael Sproule
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521022002

ISBN-13: 9780521022002

Pub. Date: 11/03/2005

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

This is the first comprehensive study on the relationship of propaganda to participatory democracy in the United States during the twentieth century. The Muckrackers were the first critics to question whether the standard practices of communications industries, such as advertising and public relations, undermined the ability of citizens to gather enough reliable

Overview

This is the first comprehensive study on the relationship of propaganda to participatory democracy in the United States during the twentieth century. The Muckrackers were the first critics to question whether the standard practices of communications industries, such as advertising and public relations, undermined the ability of citizens to gather enough reliable information in order to participate meaningfully in society. The communications industry has countered that propaganda merely circulates socially useful information in an efficient manner and further, that propaganda is harmless to democracy because of competition and professional codes. This study critically examines these various schools of thought in an effort to determine and understand the contribution and effects of propaganda in a democratic society.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521022002
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
11/03/2005
Series:
Cambridge Studies in the History of Mass Communication Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
356
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.79(d)

Table of Contents

1. Discovering propaganda; 2. The progressive propaganda critics; 3. Different lessons I: managed democracy; 4. Different lessons II: protecting the public; 5. Propaganda analysis, incorporated; 6. Propaganda for democracy; 7. The new communication - or the old propaganda?

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