Walter Lippmann

Lippmann's Most Influential Book Public Opinion


This video looks at Walter Lippmann's 1922 book Public Opinion. WW1 changed everything about how people viewed the world, and saw the birth of propaganda, press offices, and public relations. Lippmann sought to analyze this new world, arguing that public opinion was actually based on a highly selective psuedo-environment with an emphasis on simple stereotypes. Lippman was one of the most influential journalists of his generation winning two Pulitzer Prizes and lamenting the poverty of public information and the press. He also wrote the influential 'The Phantom Public.' I also include a reading of Wilfred Owen's Dulce et Decorum Est.

By Director: Lewis Waller [Then and Now]