Businessman Edward Filene of Boston, aghast at the power and primitiveness of Nazi propaganda, founded the short-lived Institute of Propaganda Analysis to uncover the nature of propaganda writing.Filene's Boston

The Institute for Propaganda Analysis was a U.S.-based organization composed of social scientists, opinion leaders, historians, educators, and journalists. Created in 1937 by Kirtley Mather, Edward A. Filene, and Clyde R. Miller, the IPA formed with the general concern that increased amounts of propaganda were decreasing the public’s ability to develop their own critical thoughts. The purpose of the IPA was to spark rational thinking and provide a guide to help the public have well-informed discussions on current issues. “To teach people how to think rather than what to think.” The IPA focused on domestic propaganda issues that might become possible threats to the democratic ways of life. (Wikipedia)

Founded in 1937, it only survived four years.  Why?  Was propaganda so obvious to the American public that there was no need to analyze it anymore?  Ya think?

No, it was found to be detrimental to the war effort against the Axis Powers.

Propaganda’s only bad when them there enemies use it.  A few blogspersons have brought back the ideas discussed by the IPA.  See here and here.  Got turned into a homework lesson in Britain here.

Thoughts?

PS:  The label on the picture says Filene’s, but the banner clearly doesn’t.  Don’t trust everything you find on the Inter-Nets.

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