Readings in Propaganda and Persuasion: New and Classic Essays

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Garth S. Jowett, Victoria O'Donnell
SAGE, 2006 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 287 pages
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Readings in Propaganda and Persuasion: New and Classic Essays is a unique, interdisciplinary collection that brings together contemporary and classic readings to provide significant insights into the practice and theory of propaganda and persuasion. The contents range from seminal essays to articles by well-known writers on propaganda to new essays about responses to contemporary issues and events. This engaging anthology also includes analyses of the relationship between rhetoric, propaganda, and persuasion.


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The Characteristics of Propaganda 1
A Prolegomenon to the Future Study
We Become Propagandists 83
The Bolshevik Revolution and
Restructuring the Means
The Rhetoric of Hitlers Battle 149
Social Engineering
The Function of Psychological Warfare 189
The Korean POW Controversy
The Influence of the Built Environment 213
Its History Problems and Promise 225
The Function of Visual Metaphors
The Propaganda of Fame 259
About the Editors 283

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Garth S. Jowett is a professor of communications at the University of Houston. He obtained his PhD in history and communication from the University of Pennsylvania. He has served as the director for social research for the Canadian government's department of communication and has been a consultant to various international communication agencies. He has been widely published in the area of popular culture and the history of communication. His book, Film: The Democratic Art (1976), was a benchmark in film history. His other publications include, Movies as Mass Communication, Children and the Movies: Media Influence and the Payne Fund Studies, and Readings in Propaganda and Persuasion, co-edited with Victoria O'Donnell. He is on the boards of several communication and film journals.

Victoria O'Donnell (PhD, Pennsylvania State University) is professor emeritus at Montana State University, where she teaches seminars on television criticism for the school of film and photography. She has published on topics concerning persuasion, the social effects of media, women in film and television, British politics, Nazi propaganda, collective memory, cultural studies theory, and science fiction films of the 1950s. She recently published the second edition of Television Criticism, also with SAGE. She has authored or co-authored several books, including Persuasion: An Interactive-Dependency Approach (with June Kable), Propaganda and Persuasion (with Garth S. Jowett), and Speech Communication. She also co-edited Readings in Propaganda and Persuasion with Garth S. Jowett. O’Donnell made a film for PBS, Women, War, and Work: Shaping Space for Productivity in the Shipyards During World War II, has written television scripts for environmental films, done voice-overs, and served on several journal editorial boards, and is the recipient of numerous research grants and teaching awards.

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