Cover

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Title Page, Copyright, Dedication

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Contents

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pp. vii-viii

Acknowledgments

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pp. ix-xii

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Introduction

Nancy Snow

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pp. 1-8

This edited volume grew out of a spirited discussion that brought together some of North America’s leading minds on propaganda in a democracy. The 2012 Breaux Symposium at Louisiana State University, “That’s the Way It Is: Media Propaganda and Its Impact on American Democracy,” was designed to address a subject that is often...

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1. Propaganda in the Digital Age

Dan Kuehl

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pp. 9-28

Propaganda seems to fit well into that old definition of obscenity: hard to define, but easy to identify. But not only is that trite, it’s inaccurate, because it really isn’t that easy to identify. While it is certainly easy to recognize simplistic and obvious examples—North Korean posters of the latest “great leader”—it is far more difficult to discern more subtle...

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2. Good Propaganda or Propaganda for Good

Anthony Pratkanis

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pp. 29-74

One of the great ironies of American life is that our culture is founded on the use of persuasion and influence, yet we feel uncomfortable discussing and wielding these devices.1 We know that as social animals it is our nature to influence each other and that such influence can...

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3. Propaganda and Public Discourse

J. Michael Sproule

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pp. 75-93

Propaganda can simply designate a normal process whereby interested parties diffuse messages in pursuit of objectives. Yet there is always the matter of that other usage of the term—a denotation highlighting hidden or disreputable elements of persuasion. In this connection, Edward L. Bernays, a founder of public relations, used to quip...

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4. Propaganda for War

Mordecai Lee

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pp. 94-119

From 1945 to 2012 the United States has participated in dozens of wars. Big wars like Korea, Vietnam, Iraq I, Afghanistan, the Global War on Terror, and Iraq II. Lots of little ones, including Lebanon, Dominican Republic, Granada, Lebanon (again), Panama, Somalia, Yugoslavia, and Libya. And one really...

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5. Pervasive Propaganda in America

Nancy Snow

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pp. 120-147

The United States of America is the leading purveyor of propaganda in liberal democratic societies and one of the leading propaganda manufacturers in the world today. The two dominant strains of propaganda in American society, the commercial/cultural and the military/ governmental, drive American propaganda production at home...

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6. Journalists as Propagandists

Asra Q. Nomani

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pp. 148-167

After the first World Trade Center bombing in 1993, which killed six people and injured thousands more, FBI Special Agent Frank Pellegrino pursued clues that would lead him to Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, or KSM, as the uncle of the 1993 bombing mastermind, Ramzi Yousef, has come to be known. The trail took Pellegrino from Qatar to...

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7. Propaganda as Entertainment

Garth S. Jowett

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pp. 168-183

There has always been an element of propaganda in entertainment forms. The key question, of course, is how do we define propaganda? This question of definition has perplexed many a scholar, politician, or anyone trying to decide if the content has a deliberate intent to inculcate a specific message or meaning to the receiving audience...

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8. Reforming the Worst Propaganda

Randal Marlin

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pp. 184-202

The title of this chapter suggests the need for a preliminary settling of two questions, one about propaganda and the other about its worst forms. Two senses of the word “propaganda” can be found in common usage. The first, as used by propaganda scholars Nancy Snow and Philip M. Taylor, among others, is more morally neutral (it merely is)...

Contributors

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pp. 203-206

Index

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pp. 207-220