Crystallizing Public Opinion has ratings and 22 reviews. Gerry said: Simply a fascinating read – not only educational but reflective of an America ne. Book Source: Digital Library of India Item : Bernays Edward ioned. Few books have been as quietly powerful as Edward L. Bernays’s Crystallizing Public Opinion. First published in , it is a groundbreaking and, as history has .

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The rest of the book, published in opinikn, is about the need for public relations, some of its techniques, and its ethics. Part I-Scope and Functions: Then, he quotes Irwin’s list of principles for newsworthiness, which he points out may somewhat contradict the definition: Thus, making him a double nephew to one household biologically speaking. The press, the lecturer, the screen and the public lead and are led by each other.

Just as relevant now as it bernayz in Fill in your details below or click an icon berbays log opinuon Also, of equal significance I would rate Bernays’ undertaking on stereotypes, susceptibility to suggestion, preconceptions characteristic to the public mind. The school teacher was appealed to in the schoolroom as an educator, and after school hours as a member of a women’s club.

Credit should be given to Stuart Ewen for writing such a good fitting introduction to the book: Early on the evolution of this process became a part of the political machine. It’s almost like he’s daring “the masses” to read his book.

Crystallizing Public Opinion

However, he underlines the ethical necessities that would prevent the public from being taken advantage of.

He knew exactly what gernays was doing by describing these achievements.

Commentators acknowledged that Bernays was mapping out new territory with his book, which claimed to define the “counsel on public relations” for the first time. As technology continues to evolve rapidly, increasing the efficiency, speed, and quantity of communicated information, humans are still human, perceiving and comprehending no differently now than a century ago or a century from now.


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Nelson rated it really liked it Apr 18, This book is an important read for every independent thinker; it is good to consider how the masses are swayed; this book is as relevant today as it was in — the evolution of technology may have changed but the basic mechanisms remain.

I found particularly compelling his views on the “herd instinct” explaining how mass perception works, how marginal their sense of reality is, and how the public mind needs to be managed by an educated elite. Future senator Ernest Grueningin a review called “Higher Hokum”, asked whether persuading the public was much preferable to corralling them by heavier-handed means the “public be damned” approach —whether the end result would “be greatly different for the public which, while it no longer tolerates being ‘damned,’ guilelessly permits itself to be ‘bunked’?

He gives examples from his early career and cites ideas from theorists including Walter Lippmann and Wilfred Trotter.

It’s a bit like reading Aristotle’s Rhetoric because the emphasis is on taxonomy. Elmer Davis, ‘is the commonplace to any newspaper man, even to one who has never studied epistemology; and, if the phrase is permissible, truth is rather more relative in Washington than anywhere else. Anna Opiinion rated it it was amazing Mar 12, The advocacy of what we don’t believe in is propaganda. Bernays took great pride in detailing the profession, comparing it to that of Legal Counsel, the court of public opinion equating the court of law, and ethics and integrity being strong drivers in the values of his business.

The definition of “news” is not settled and varies from newspaper to newspaper. No trivia or edawrd yet. I found particularly compelling his views on the “herd instinct” explaining how mass perception works, how marginal their sense of reality is, and how the public mind needs to be managed by an educate As the founder of public relations counsel, Edward Bernays speaks of the increasing significance of the public relations counsel both as a profession and a new field of interest.

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Bernays breaks down the PRC need by societal needs. Without him, no advertisements that associate products with abstractions, no media events, no celebrity endorsements, etc. Edward Edsard is known as “the father of public relations” so this book, written inwas really one of the earliest descriptions of the relatively new job of “public relations counsel.

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Do things that will be covered in a way that reflects your goals. Fascinating look into early 2oth century PR. The print i’m reading has tons of typos and run on sentences. The long introduction, added after the first addition, discusses the history of public relations. Crystallizing Public Opinion by Edward L. Few people are life members of one group and of one group only. Feb 23, D.

They must inject moral and spiritual motives into public opinion. Or, instinct-emotion pairs like flight – fearrevulsion – disgustpugnacity- angerand others. The other theory is that people are malleable and can be made to think whatever you want them to. Varying points of view and diverse subject matter are left out because of a lack of interest or political bias, even though the content might otherwise be deemed newsworthy.

The advocacy of what we believe in is education. Crystallizing Public Opinion appeared the year after Lippmann’s Public Opinion and can be construed as an application of Lippman’s principles to the active manipulation of public opinion.

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Bernays spends a great deal of effort in reinforcing the fact that the press has an ethical obligation and so too the persons later to become PRC professionals.