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Propaganda and Democracy
The American Experience of Media and Mass Persuasion


Part of Cambridge Studies in the History of Mass Communication

  • Date Published: November 2005
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521022002

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  • This is the first comprehensive study on the relationship of propaganda to participatory democracy in the United States during the twentieth century. The Muckrackers were the first critics to question whether the standard practices of communications industries, such as advertising and public relations, undermined the ability of citizens to gather enough reliable information in order to participate meaningfully in society. The communications industry has countered that propaganda merely circulates socially useful information in an efficient manner and further, that propaganda is harmless to democracy because of competition and professional codes. This study critically examines these various schools of thought in an effort to determine and understand the contribution and effects of propaganda in a democratic society.

    • Focuses on the key theme of democracy as influenced by modern communication practices
    • Provides the first comprehensive account of five schools of thought concerning the relationship of propaganda to US democracy
    • Gives special attention to significant but overlooked figures in the history of mass media
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    • Date Published: November 2005
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521022002
    • length: 356 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 154 x 20 mm
    • weight: 0.548kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Discovering propaganda
    2. The progressive propaganda critics
    3. Different lessons I: managed democracy
    4. Different lessons II: protecting the public
    5. Propaganda analysis, incorporated
    6. Propaganda for democracy
    7. The new communication - or the old propaganda?

  • Author

    J. Michael Sproule, San José State University, California

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