Public Opinion

Public Opinion

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by Walter Lippmann
     
 

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ISBN-10: 1560009993

ISBN-13: 9781560009993

Pub. Date: 01/01/1997

Publisher: Transaction Publishers

In what is widely considered the most influential book ever written by Walter Lippmann, the late journalist and social critic provides a fundamental treatise on the nature of human information and communication. As Michael Curtis indicates in his introduction to this edition, Public Opinion qualifies as a classic by virtue of its systematic brilliance and

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In what is widely considered the most influential book ever written by Walter Lippmann, the late journalist and social critic provides a fundamental treatise on the nature of human information and communication. As Michael Curtis indicates in his introduction to this edition, Public Opinion qualifies as a classic by virtue of its systematic brilliance and literary grace.

The work is divided into eight parts, covering such varied issues as stereotypes, image making, and organized intelligence. The study begins with an analysis of "the world outside and the pictures hi our heads," a leitmotif that starts with issues of censorship and privacy, speed, words, and clarity, and ends with a careful survey of the modern newspaper. The work is a showcase for Lippmann's vast erudition. He easily integrated the historical, psychological, and philosophical literature of his day, and in every instance showed how relevant intellectual formations were to the ordinary operations of everyday life.

The field of public opinion research has produced much since this 1922 classic, but no work is more compelling in its argument or lasting in its impact. Lippmann's conclusions are as meaningful in a world of television and computers as in the earlier period when newspapers were dominant. Public Opinion is of enduring significance for communications scholars, historians,- sociologists, and political scientists.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781560009993
Publisher:
Transaction Publishers
Publication date:
01/01/1997
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
427
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.04(d)

Table of Contents

Contents

Title Page,
Copyright Page,
Dedication,
PART I. INTRODUCTION,
I. The World Outside and the Pictures in Our Heads,
PART II. APPROACHES TO THE WORLD OUTSIDE,
II. Censorship and Privacy,
III. Contact and Opportunity,
IV. Time and Attention,
V. Speed, Words, and Clearness,
PART III. STEREOTYPES,
VI. Stereotypes,
VII. Stereotypes as Defense,
VIII. Blind Spots and Their Values,
IX. Codes and Their Enemies,
X. The Detection of Stereotypes,
PART IV. INTERESTS,
XI. The Enlisting of Interest,
XII. Self-Interest Reconsidered,
PART V. THE MAKING OF A COMMON WILL,
XIII. The Transfer of Interest,
XIV. Yes or No,
XV. Leaders and the Rank and File,
PART VI. THE IMAGE OF DEMOCRACY,
XVI. The Self-Centered Man,
XVII. The Self-Contained Community,
XVIII. The Role of Force, Patronage and Privilege,
XIX. The Old Image in a New Form: Guild Socialism,
XX. A New Image,
PART VII. NEWSPAPERS,
XXI. The Buying Public,
XXII. The Constant Reader,
XXIII. The Nature of News,
XXIV. News, Truth, and a Conclusion,
PART VIII. ORGANIZED INTELLIGENCE,
XXV. The Entering Wedge,
XXVI. Intelligence Work,
XXVII. The Appeal to the Public,
XXVIII. The Appeal to Reason,
Index,

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