Help:Resources for studying propaganda
A number of useful resources for studying propaganda are available, including web sites and books.
- PR Watch is the main web site of the Center for Media and Democracy, which sponsors SourceWatch.
- How to research front groups and Research using the web provide some helpful advice and a list of useful databases and other resources on the Internet.
- Bill Chapman's Classroom Tools offers a variety of lesson plans and other materials for teachers looking for ways to help their students achieve media literacy in the information age, including a lesson plan on propaganda.
- The Center for Cooperative Research seeks to encourage grassroots participation and collaboration in the documentation of the public historical record using an open-content model. Its research projects include a Complete 9-11 timeline with a section on war propaganda, as well as profiles of people, corporations, organizations, governmental bodies and political parties.
- Museum of Public Relations: Created by the Specter & Associates PR firm, this site offers a largely sanitized stroll through the industry's history.
- Nazi and East German Propaganda Guide Page: A collection of English translations of propaganda material from Nazi Germany and the German Democratic Republic.
- Propaganda: Analysis, with current and historical examples, of rhetorical tactics often used by propagandists, based on the framework developed in the 1930s by the now-defunct Institute for Propaganda Analysis. Rhetorical techniques examined include name-calling, glittering generalities, euphemisms, transfer, testimonial, plain folks, bandwagon, fear and unwarranted extrapolation.
- Vanderbilt Television News Archives is the world's most extensive and complete archive of television news. The collection holds more than 30,000 individual network evening news broadcasts from the major U.S. national broadcast networks: ABC, CBS, NBC, and CNN, and more than 9,000 hours of special news-related programming including ABC's Nightline since 1989. The archives are searchable by topic; you can view summaries of the program for free, and videotape copies are available for a fee.
- Stuart Ewen, PR! A Social History of Spin (New York, NY: HarperCollins, 1996), ISBN 0-465-06168-0. Ewen examines the historical origins of the public relations industry.
- Garth S. Jowett and Victoria O'Donnell, Propaganda and Persuasion (Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE Publications, 1999), ISBN 0-7619-1147-2. Jowett and O'Donnell offer a scholarly analysis of the history of propaganda from antiquity, beginning with Alexander the Great and ending with the first war in the Persian Gulf.
- Clayton R. Koppes and Gregory D. Black, Hollywood Goes to War: How Politics, Profits and Propaganda Shaped World War II Movies (Berkeley, CA: University of California Press, 1990), ISBN 0-520-07161-1. Koppes and Black offer a fascinating examination of the relationship between the Roosevelt administration and Hollywood filmmakers, showing how propaganda influenced movies such as Little Tokyo, USA, Confessions of a Nazi Spy, Mr. Lucky, Mrs. Miniver and Casablanca.
- William Lutz, Doublespeak (New York, NY: HarperPerennial, 1990), ISBN 0-06-016134-5. Lutz, a professor at Rutgers University, shows how doublespeak jargon has polluted the public mindspace with phrases designed to obscure the meaning of plain English. Examples include revenue enhancement (tax increase), negative patient care outcome (death), and energetic disassembly (an explosion at a nuclear power plant).
- Sheldon Rampton and John Stauber, 'Toxic Sludge Is Good For You: Lies, Damn Lies and the Public Relations Industry (Monroe, ME: Common Courage Press, 1995, ISBN 1-56751-060-4.
- Sheldon Rampton and John Stauber, Trust Us, We're Experts: How Industry Manipulates Science and Gambles With Your Future (New York, NY: Tarcher/Putnam, 2001), ISBN 1-58542-139-1.
- Christopher Simpson, 'Science of Coercion: Communication Research and Psychological Warfare, 1945-1960] (New York, NY: Oxford University Press, 1994), ISBN 0-19-510292-4.
- Manufacturing Consent: The Political Economy of the Mass Media, by Noam Chomsky and Edward S. Herman.