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PRopaganda and PoweR

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After weeks of unprecedented assaults on the media by the president and his representatives, it’s worth remembering Dr. Joseph Goebbels, Nazi Germany’s minister of propaganda. According to Encyclopedia Britannica, “Goebbels was responsible for presenting a favorable image of the Nazi regime to the German people…He took control of the national propaganda machinery, controlling the press, radio, theater, films, literature, music, and the… Read more »

PReserving our history

Edwards Bernays is often referred to as the “father of modern public relations” with good reason. A nephew of the father of modern psychiatry, Sigmund Freud, Bernays was also an observer of human behavior. He understood early on that words and images could be used to persuade attitudes, publishing landmark books on PR including “Crystallizing Public Opinion” in 1923 and “Propaganda” in… Read more »

"PRopaganda" is online

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I was thrilled to see that the Museum of Public Relations (yes, there is one and it’s in Manhattan–more on that later) posted a Facebook link to a book titled “Propaganda” which was written by the father of modern public relations, Edward Bernays, and published in 1928. I had never read it. And what a fascinating book it is! Bernays, a nephew of… Read more »

PondeRing darkness

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I visited the Highline Ballroom the night after Thanksgiving for an “All-Star Tribute to George Harrison’s Concert for Bangladesh” during which the band performed George’s moving and onerous “Beware of Darkness.”  I later went to lyricsfreak.com to re-visit the song, which seemed terribly appropriate to what we now experience on Thanksgiving.  The lyrics include: Watch out now, take care Beware of greedy leaders They take you where… Read more »

Patriotic propaganda

As America celebrates another birthday we are besieged by red, white and blue images in its various forms and at multiple venues.  Parades, fireworks, plus countless local and national events repeat messages of patriotism and invitations to join in the joy of being American.  Yet we often view similar public demonstrations of patriotism by people perceived as our enemies as propaganda. Propaganda was not always… Read more »