Saturday 411 Cinema: Psywar
Public perception, propaganda and spin
What does it mean? Where did it come from?
“Managing” the opinion and perception of the masses – from a local community, a whole country and even the entire global population – has been an ongoing mission for groups, governments and corporations for hundreds of years.
From garnering votes and support in politics – to directing the money of consumers to a product – it’s a truly fascinating topic that may be very enlightening to many of you who haven’t delved into the history of what it has all meant over time – from primitive civilizations to present day. The interesting divide in comments on the 9/11 Questions thread made me curious about the subject of “popular opinion.”
If you have time this Labor Day weekend, I’d recommend you watch this highly interesting documentary film called PSYWAR. It examines the history and evolution of propaganda and “PR” in the United States as well as throughout the world.
It primarily touches on the “elite,” and the relationship with the working class. It also contains some very disturbing facets of our very own history that may be surprising to some of you (including the origin of the press release).
The last third of the film also looks at commercial advertising, and how it changed from “selling a product on its merits” to “selling a lifestyle you wish you had.”
Take it for what it’s worth – but if you have an hour and a half – it’s quite well done.
Enjoy your weekend everyone!