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Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

The war for your mind: Propaganda, cultural narratives, and the American media
by Baumgardner, Caleb Ben, M.A., University of Arkansas at Little Rock, 2011, 96; 1496807
Abstract (Summary)

This thesis examines how the contemporary American media can and do function as a medium for propaganda at the behest of elite interests, such as the federal government and big business. It examines how the media often present stories in the context of cultural narratives that are deeply rooted in the American cultural consciousness, regardless of whether such a context is appropriate or even accurate, and that it does so in service to power. It examines how this practice employs Sophistic rhetorical techniques and contrasts them with a Platonic view of rhetoric. It will also demonstrate how this practice is similar to practices employed by the governments of four modern dystopian novels, and in turn how those novels deal with Sophistic and Platonic rhetoric.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Williams, Joseph J.
Commitee: Drummond, Andrew J., Fisher, David
School: University of Arkansas at Little Rock
Department: Rhetoric and Writing
School Location: United States -- Arkansas
Source: MAI 50/01M, Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Philosophy, Political science, Mass communications
Keywords: America, Media, Narrative, News, Platonic rhetoric, Press, Propaganda, Sophistic
Publication Number: 1496807
ISBN: 978-1-124-77916-4
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