Walter lippmann public opinion summary

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walter lippmann public opinion summary

Public Opinion by Walter Lippmann

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. 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 Lippmanns 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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Walter Lippmann, Public Opinion & WW1 Propaganda

Book Review: Public Opinion by Walter Lippmann (1922)

In real life no one acts on the theory that he can have a public opinion on every public question, though this fact is often concealed where a person thinks there is no public question because he has no public opinion. But in the theory of our politics we continue to think more literally than Lord Bryce intended, that "the action of Opinion is continuous," [1] even though "its action. For all these are in the first instance just as confusing as partisan rhetoric, and much less entertaining. I am not making that assumption. Primarily, the intelligence bureau is an instrument of the man of action, of the representative charged with decision, of the worker at his work, and if it does not help them, it will help nobody in the end.

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Public Opinion is a book by Walter Lippmann , published in It is a critical assessment of functional democratic government, especially of the irrational and often self-serving social perceptions that influence individual behavior and prevent optimal societal cohesion. The introduction describes man's inability to interpret the world: "The real environment is altogether too big, too complex, and too fleeting for direct acquaintance" between people and their environment. People construct a pseudo-environment that is a subjective, biased, and necessarily abridged mental image of the world, and to a degree, everyone's pseudo-environment is a fiction. People "live in the same world, but they think and feel in different ones. Human behavior is stimulated by the person's pseudo-environment and then is acted upon in the real world. Some of the general implications of the interactions among one's psychology, environment, and the mass communications media are highlighted.

During the presidential debates and the election season, we hear much about "public opinion". But what is public opinion, anyway? How do we form our opinions, where do they come from, and how do government officials use it? Can the press, or the Internet, provide us the knowledge we need to make informed opinions? The following is a paper originally written for my course in the Manship School of Mass Communication. Public Opinion consists of those pictures collectively acted upon.


  1. Aceline G. says:

    19) of public affairs. Walter Lippmann supports his argument by discussing how public opinions consist of pictures inside men's heads and why.

  2. Hortense D. T. says:

    The already strong shock of World War I, a conflict that involved different continents with political and economic consequences, was soon followed by the crisis and by the growth of totalitarianisms.

  3. Hardouin T. says:

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  4. Peverell S. says:

    Public Opinion/Chapter 27 - Wikisource, the free online library

  5. Girzie V. says:

    Public Opinion is a book by Walter Lippmann, published in It is a critical assessment of functional democratic government, especially of the irrational and .

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