Age of Propaganda: The Everyday Use and Abuse of Persuasion
Macmillan, Mar 14, 2001 - Political Science - 432 pages
Americans create 57% of the world's advertising while representing only 6% of its population; half of our waking hours are spent immersed in the mass media. Persuasion has always been integral to the democratic process, but increasingly, thoughtful discussion is being replaced with simplistic soundbites and manipulative messages.
Drawing on the history of propaganda as well as on contemporary research in social psychology, Age of Propaganda shows how the tactics used by political campaigners, sales agents, advertisers, televangelists, demagogues, and others often take advantage of our emotions by appealing to our deepest fears and most irrational hopes, creating a distorted vision of the world we live in.
This revised and updated edition includes coverage of the Clinton/Lewinsky scandal, recent election campaigns, talk radio, teen suicide, U.F.O. abductions, the Columbine shootings, and novel propaganda tactics based on hypocrisy and false allegations.
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Review: Age of Propaganda: The Everyday Use and Abuse of PersuasionUser Review - Jonathan Jeckell - Goodreads
The text was easy to read and engaging, but a little verbose in making it conversational. I wish the topics were organized a little bit better to summarize or group different forms of persuasion a ... Read full review
Review: Age of Propaganda: The Everyday Use and Abuse of PersuasionUser Review - Jim Andersen - Goodreads
My social psychology professor had us read this book, we were told to read 2 chapters and write a summary on the chapters we were assigned, my review is based on this experience. I have to say I am ... Read full review