Stagecraft and Truth

In Part I of PR! A Social History of Spin I describe two encounters which helped me to understand the dynamics of publicity in modern life.

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This was the original cover design for PR!. The title was somewhat different, and Time Life would not allow us to use the colorized Margaret Bourke-White Life Magazine photo that we were hoping to use. Thankfully, we found a public domain picture by Dorathea Lange, an FSA photograph, which offered the same contrast.

What “protocols of persuasion” did you glean from the two chapters in this first section of the book? Do you think that these lessons might be adapted to forms of publicity that leave the intended audience more aware and more capable of social action? You can respond or post here, and we can address these questions at the beginning of the seminar next week.

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