»Lippmann believed the government should install a “board of impartial experts”—scientists, statisticians, doctors, and so on—who could serve as “independent givers of fact.” They would report directly to the elected officials, who could develop policies based on reality and reason. Then, these policies would be sold to voting citizens through the very best “education,” or what became known as public relations.
|Walter Lippmann ca. 1920|
Propaganda is what the other guys do. According to Lippmann, a properly functioning democracy depends on a benevolent elite to determine our society’s best courses of action and then use whatever media tactics are at its disposal to “manufacture consent” from the public.«, Douglas Rushkoff. Survival of the Richest: Escape Fantasies of the Tech Billionaires
Nothing new under the sun: Walter Lippman and manufacture consent was discussed ~1922 — exactly 100 years ago.