Edward Bernays and the Art of Public Manipulation


August 22, 2009

The book, Propaganda by Edward Bernays.


Subjects: Edward Bernays, Propaganda, Edward Herman, Public Relations, Coup, Guatemala, Jacob Arbenz, Consumerism, Taylorism, Left-Libertarianism, Sheldon Rampton, John Stauber.


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from the archives:

The Century Of The Self By Adam Curtis (2002; must-see)

37 thoughts on “Edward Bernays and the Art of Public Manipulation

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  30. What if Edward Bernays is only partially correct in his idea that humans are totally ruled by irrational impulses, which can be manipulated? I have seen people convinced by logical argument too, although it is much more difficult than to prey on negative emotions like fear, selfishness and greed. Also, there are positive emotions like love, compassion and brotherhood. Of course, corporate governments would never emphasize these emotions. However, if we had a socialist world, where governments emphasized the positive emotions, wouldn’t a great many of our problems disappear? I guess I am dreaming again.

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