In Propaganda and American Democracy, eight writers explore various aspects of modern propaganda and its impact. Contributors include leading scholars in the field of propaganda studies: Anthony Pratkanis tackles the thorny issue of the inherent morality of propaganda; J. Michael Sproule explores the extent to which propaganda permeates the U.S. news media; and Randal Marlin charts the methods used to identify, research, and reform the use of propaganda in the public sphere.
Other chapters incorporate a strong historical component. Mordecai Lee deftly analyzes the role of wartime propaganda, while Dan Kuehl provides an astute commentary on former and current practices, and Garth S. Jowett investigates how Hollywood has been used as a vehicle for propaganda. In a more personal vein, Asra Q. Nomani recounts her journalistic role in the highly calculated and tragic example of the ultimate act of anti-American propaganda perpetrated by al-Qaeda and carried out against her former colleague, Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl.
Propaganda and American Democracy offers an in-depth examination and demonstration of the pervasiveness of propaganda, providing citizens with the knowledge needed to mediate its effect on their lives.Edited by Nancy Snow
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Table of Contents
Introduction Nancy Snow 1
1 Propaganda in the Digital Age Dan Kuehl 9
2 Good Propaganda or Propaganda for Good Anthony Pratkanis 29
3 Propaganda and Public Discourse J. Michael Sproule 75
4 Propaganda for War Mordecai Lee 94
5 Pervasive Propaganda in America Nancy Snow 120
6 Journalists as Propagandists Asra Q. Nomani 148
7 Propaganda as Entertainment Garth S. Jowett 168
8 Reforming the Worst Propaganda Randal Marlin 184