Public Opinion

Public Opinion In what is widely considered the most influential book ever written by Walter Lippmann the late journalist and social critic provides a fundamental treatise on the nature of human information and com

  • Title: Public Opinion
  • Author: Walter Lippmann
  • ISBN: 9780684833279
  • Page: 407
  • Format: Paperback
  • In what is widely considered the most influential book ever written by Walter Lippmann, the late journalist and social critic provides a fundamental treatise on the nature of human information and communication As Michael Curtis indicates in his introduction to this edition Public Opinion qualifies as a classic by virtue of its systematic brilliance and literary grace TIn what is widely considered the most influential book ever written by Walter Lippmann, the late journalist and social critic provides a fundamental treatise on the nature of human information and communication As Michael Curtis indicates in his introduction to this edition Public Opinion qualifies as a classic by virtue of its systematic brilliance and literary grace The work is divided into eight parts, covering such varied issues as stereotypes, image making, and organized intelligence The study begins with an analysis of the world outside and the pictures in our heads, a leitmotif that starts with issues of censorship and privacy, speed, words, and clarity, and ends with a careful survey of the modern newspaper The work is a showcase for Lippmann s vast erudition He easily integrated the historical, psychological, and philosophical literature of his day, and in every instance showed how relevant intellectual formations were to the ordinary operations of everyday life Public Opinion is of enduring significance for communications scholars, historians, sociologists, and political scientists.

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    1. I read this book after reading Brian's review here /review/show/Where this book is really quite interesting is in the fact that it is a kind of modernisation of Plato’s Republic. I’m not just saying that because it starts by quoting the allegory of the cave, but because all of the central ideas of the book seem to me to be essentially Platonic. For example, democracy is presented as a really good idea ‘in theory’, but one that is incapable of working in practice. This is put forward for [...]

    2. This book is unfairly maligned because Chomsky holds it out as an example of elite liberal ideology (and it is a fair example in that regard), but Lippmann has a point about "public opinion". He wasn't the first or last to point out that the spontaneous majorities on various subjects are not necessarily rational or advantageous, and that they usually *aren't* when the public bases opinions off of sketchy information (and that this is a common phenomenon). Further, his argument that news and the [...]

    3. Whatever else one may think of this classic, it is written to take one's breath away. The images of Lippmann's prose alone--e.g. the Platonic, iconic "pictures in the mind," itself an almost mandatory talking point for those who pass through liberal arts education in America--guarantee that this book will repay reading and rereading. As for those who dismiss or belittle Lippmann as an elitist ready to cede political power to the expertise of the few, I am not convinced. Yes, he wrote in favor of [...]

    4. I really liked this book. Although it was written more than 80 years ago I think that it addresses a very current issue. This book begins with a discussion of social psychology. It explains how people see through different paradigms. Then he builds from this a political theory. He denies "democracy" and discusses the federalist government, but I found that these designations are not as understandable in the modern vernacular. You have to pay close attention to system in which he is defining thes [...]

    5. Για την εποχή που γράφτηκε θα πρέπει να ήταν πολύ προοδευτικό.Ωστόσο για σήμερα & για όσα ανεφέρει, είναι σχετικά ξεπερασμένο.Έχει ωραία κειμενάκια όμως για μαθητές Λυκείου που θέλουν να τα πάνε καλύτερα στο μάθημα της Έκθεσης

    6. In times like these, when we sleep with screens feeding us images of war, it is important to go back to this classic. Emotions run high when photographs, pictures and videos rule our understanding of foreign affairs. It is equally important to realize how little information we actually have access to. Not so much has changed since the age of television:public emotions get mobilized together with armed forces, and, as we develop an aggressive tunnel-vision the enemy starts condensing into a targe [...]

    7. Incredibly insightful, clever, and as applicable to today's media and politics as it must've been when originally written. Lippman's analysis of the many abstract and underlying forces that shape the opinions we hold about the world is simply beautiful, and will leave you more critically aware and prepared to handle the many stereotypes and symbols used to manipulate the truth and our impression of it.

    8. At times wonderfully poetic and pregnant, other times needlessly obtuse. A classic, or a piece of prescient writing, some might call it, the Public Opinion delivers highly relevant food for thought on media in (post-)democratic world.

    9. Elegant prose but so high flown as to be vague and more a matter of highly personal musing than clear exposition

    10. Our first-hand experience is but a drop in the frothing, complex ocean of the world. And yet, all of us have ideas and opinions about things out there that we have never encountered directly. Where do those come from? And, in the aggregate, do our opinions really reflect reality? Can they be used as the basis for government? Public Opinion is an insightful exploration of these questions, and the effects their answers have on how we govern ourselves.Walter Lippmann does a fantastic job explaining [...]

    11. A classic that must be read again from time to time to check how everything is changing in media and audiences

    12. The ur-text for so much anti-media, anti-corporate and anti-politics sentiment in the 20th century, this is the sharply written testament of a liberal insider brooding with disenchantment at the state of the world in 1922, fresh from the fall-out of the Wilson administration and its final failure to get America to embrace the League Of Nations and a lasting engagement in world affairs. Chomsky's greatest hits are here, including "manufactured consent" getting its first appearance. I expect you c [...]

    13. Yet another quote from the text that outlines its general thesis:“Strategically placed, and compelled often to choose even at the best between the equally cogent through conflicting ideals of safety for the institution, and candor to his public, the official finds himself deciding more and more consciously what facts, in what setting, in what guise he shall permit the public to know. – That the manufacture of consent is capable of great refinements no one, I think, denies. The process by wh [...]

    14. There is a lot of information in this book. Indeed, I had a respectful amount of annotation from my reading; however, I must return to my notes to retain what I read. If I were to rate this book on the material, the theories, concepts and conclusions, I would rate it as a five. However, it requires so much work to get through the intellectual psycho-babble of much of his writing it is just not worth the effort for the average person. For this reason, I rated it a three.It seemed to me that his w [...]

    15. Studying public opinion feels kaleidoscopic most of the time. But I came to trust Lippmann's presence in the room and rely on him to guide me. His most direct, sincere, and essential truth came in these lines at the end of his chapter, "News, Truth, and a Conclusion": "For the troubles of the press, like the troubles of representative government, be it territorial or functional, like the troubles of historygo back to a common source: to the failure of self-governing people to transcend their cas [...]

    16. I would give this book a five star rating for importance, but difficulties with readability drag it a good deal lower. Written over eighty years ago, Lippmann's style and (then) contemporary references present a significant challenge for the non-historian. At the same time, several of the author's primary points are ripe with significance. We stereotype because we must--there is simply too much information to process. Public opinion can then be manipulated through the use of skillfully honed ste [...]

    17. Fantastic read! In terms of literary style Lippmann stands with the best. In terms of political philosophy, his insights offer an usual mix of pragmatism and incisive profundity. While he is very much an 'establishment figure', he nevertheless maintains a significant independence of mind. Though in all likelihood it is this very independence that garnered him the high degree of influence and respect across US foreign policy elites that he ultimately enjoyed. Well worth the read for anyone intere [...]

    18. With Daniel Boorstin's The Image, this book -- which you should read first -- forms a diptych that bestirs a Matrix-style awakening, in which you'll look at the world you've inhabited all these years in a new, knowing light. Ideally, people would read these books before exercising their right to vote.Lippmann, a founder of The New Republic, is an elegant writer, though his tempo can plod, and much of his allusive material is dated to the Progressive Era. Still, bushwhack your way through this bo [...]

    19. When someone makes an effort to step up above the stereotypes of everyday life by actually trying to get into reality of doing things socially and then analysing the process, the people, the means and the results - then the books like this are the best illustration of what becomes obvious from experience. For those who has not started yet the path of analysis and research of marvelous reality - this book could be a great start.It is a book that is very hard to stop reading once started. Excellen [...]

    20. Don't let the benign title fool you. This is one of the most explosive books ever written. Walter Lippmann lays out his philosophy of "manufacturing consent" through the mass media. He makes the argument that most people are too busy being wages slaves and/or too stupid to make intelligent decisions regarding matters affecting their own lives.Regardless of whether one agrees with his ideas or not, they are being used against us everyday. Anyone interested in how the dominant order uses propagand [...]

    21. Written beautifully and with penetrating insights on every page, this book was a hard read due to the format and the text but the language itself, while not challenging, is elegantly wrought.You'll probably hate his conservative apologism and barely concealed authoritarianism (not to mention shilling for the future PR industry) but it is well worth reading as his critiques of politics and exposure of the problems faced by democracies deserve attention.

    22. Very fascinating post World War 1 breakdown of public opinion, what this means, how it works, etc. I found it applying to everything from how elections happen (and how silly most media accounts of elections can be), to how judge panels rate a speech round. A little stuffy in the language and all, but altogether a great interesting read.

    23. The material is somewhat dated and when it comes to his dispute with Dewey, I side with the Pragmatist. On the other hand the problem of spin, initiated by the powerful is still a persistent problem.

    24. Versi klasik dari gaya analisis kritis Noam Chomsky. Lippmann punya ketajaman yang kritis terhadap gaya pemerintah Amerika Serikat membentuk opini publik, manipulasi media, dan propaganda. Karya klasik, padat, dan kaya untuk kajian komunikasi politik.

    25. The venerable dean of Progressive American liberal journalism speaks. Some of the material is a bit dated but there is a trove of useful insights on the role of the media in modern society. While the net has changed it all, some of Lippman's criticisms and concerns still ring true.

    26. Although I was not persuaded by all of Lippmann's arguments, he does make some interesting points. Admittedly, part of what I found interesting was how the book offered some insight into the time period in which it was written, in the aftermath of the Great War.

    27. Winding and unnecessarily long S few good concepts indeed. But the author gave too many examples in a long winding way to demonstrate them. Now seventy years later, it's hard for readers to relate to these examples in social science. The society has changed too much.

    28. It was interesting, to say the least. I find Lippmann, along with Bernays, to be elitist with a manipulative personality. Dangerous ideas are presented which are still in use today by the current Gadianton Robbers.

    29. Such a difficult read. I was translating the English from something I didn't understand to something I could understand in addition to reading it. And even then, I don't think I fully understood the whole book.

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