Public Opinion

COSIMO CLASSICS, 2020年2月25日 - 438 頁
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"The manner of presentation is so objective and projective that one finishes this book almost without realizing that it is perhaps the most effective indictment of democracy... ever penned." --John Dewey, The New Republic (1922)

Public Opinion, written in 1922, is one of Walter Lippmann's most influential works. This original replica has been called "the founding book of modern journalism," and is a classic textbook for political science, journalism, and media studies. Lippmann states in this critique of democracy, that "the average citizen lives in a world he cannot see, does not understand and is unable to direct." Moreover, the speed and sensationalism of the mass media (in the 1920s!) would make things worse not better. More information does not produce better-informed citizens, as is often assumed.

According to Lippmann, the solution needs to be found in a governing class, a "specialized class of men," with the required knowledge to deal with the major challenges of the state. In essence, the traditional concept of democracy was impossible. In an era of increased criticism of governments, from Brexit in Great Britain and the yellow vests in France, to the youth protests in Hong Kong and the "deplorables" in Trump's United States, Public Opinion is a must-read for journalists, historians, and all who are interested in the media and current affairs.

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Insightful and timeless. I didn't realise until halfway through that this was written a century ago. Makes good points about the problems with democracy and limits to informed decision making. 閱讀評論全文

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WALTER LIPPMANN (1889-1974) was an American newspaper commentator and author. After graduating from Harvard, he co-founded the influential liberal magazine The New Republic in 1913. At the end of World War I, he became an adviser to President Wilson and assisted in drafting Wilson's Fourteen Points Speech. In 1931 Lippmann started writing a column Today and Tomorrow in the New York Herald Tribune, which was syndicated in more than 250 newspapers worldwide, and which earned him one of his two Pulitzer Prizes. Throughout his long career, Lippmann was highly praised and known as the Father of Modern Journalism.