Propaganda

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Ig Publishing, 1928 - Education - 168 pages
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“Bernays' honest and practical manual provides much insight into some of the most powerful and influential institutions of contemporary industrial state capitalist democracies.”—Noam Chomsky

“The conscious and intelligent manipulation of the organized habits and opinions of the masses is an important element in democratic society. Those who manipulate this unseen mechanism of society constitute an invisible government which is the true ruling power of our country.”—Edward Bernays, Propaganda

A seminal and controversial figure in the history of political thought and public relations, Edward Bernays (1891–1995), pioneered the scientific technique of shaping and manipulating public opinion, which he famously dubbed “engineering of consent.” During World War I, he was an integral part of the U.S. Committee on Public Information (CPI), a powerful propaganda apparatus that was mobilized to package, advertise and sell the war to the American people as one that would “Make the World Safe for Democracy.” The CPI would become the blueprint in which marketing strategies for future wars would be based upon.

Bernays applied the techniques he had learned in the CPI and, incorporating some of the ideas of Walter Lipmann, became an outspoken proponent of propaganda as a tool for democratic and corporate manipulation of the population. His 1928 bombshell Propaganda lays out his eerily prescient vision for using propaganda to regiment the collective mind in a variety of areas, including government, politics, art, science and education. To read this book today is to frightfully comprehend what our contemporary institutions of government and business have become in regards to organized manipulation of the masses.

This is the first reprint of Propaganda in over 30 years and features an introduction by Mark Crispin Miller, author of The Bush Dyslexicon: Observations on a National Disorder.

  

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User Review  - Nathan - Goodreads

First one third was informative but it started getting redundant so I skimmed the rest. Interesting how well-developed propaganda and PR was in those days. Read full review

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User Review  - Robert - Goodreads

Nothing mind-blowing. I guess it's disturbing to people how confident Bernays is in the effectiveness of propaganda... but why should that surprise us today? Short and sweet. Lots of typos in this particular edition. Read full review

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Contents

INTRODUCTION
9
ORGANIZING CHAOS
37
THE NEW PROPAGANDA
47
THE NEW PROPAGANDISTS
59
THE PSYCHOLOGY OF PUBLIC
71
BUSINESS AND THE PUBLIC
83
PROPAGANDA AND POLITICAL
109
WOMENS ACTIVITIES
129
PROPAGANDA FOR EDUCATION
135
PROPAGANDA IN SOCIAL SERVICE
147
ART AND SCIENCE
153
THE MECHANICS OF PROPAGANDA
161
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About the author (1928)

The nephew of Sigmund Freud, Edward Bernays (1891-1995) pioneered the scientific technique of shaping and manipulating public opinion, which he called "engineering of consent." During World War I, he was an integral part - along with Walter Lippmann - of the U.S. Committee on Public Information (CPI), a powerful propaganda machine that advertised and sold the war to the American people as one that would "Make the World Safe for Democracy." The marketing strategies for all future wars would be based on the CPI model. Over the next half century, Bernays, combining the techniques he had learned in the CPI with the ideas of Lippmann and Freud, fashioned a career as an outspoken proponent of propaganda for political and corporate manipulation of the population, earning the moniker "father of public relations." Among his powerful clients were President Calvin Coolidge, Procter & Gamble, CBS, the American Tobacco Company and General Electric. In addition, his propaganda campaign for the United Fruit Company in the early 1950s led directly to the CIA's overthrow of the elected government of Guatemala

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