The Engineering of Consent is an essay by Edward Bernays first published in He defines engineering consent as the art of manipulating people. Edward Bernays applied the principles of propaganda to marketing. he developed an approach he dubbed “the engineering of consent. The PR techniques to engineer consent were first developed and propagated by Edward Bernays, one of the most influential PR-practitioners.

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These included “pesticides and other agricultural chemicals; oil, natural gas and petrochemicals; pharmaceuticals; fast and processed foods; alcoholic beverages; tobacco; nuclear power; armaments and weaponry; news, media and communications; and banking, insurance and other financial services”. One important PR technique in assessing ‘where a engkneering is at’ is ‘environmental monitoring’ which tracks “trends in public opinion and events in the sociopolitical environment” which may affect the company’s operations.

Towards Transparent, Engineerint, Public Debates To be in a better position to resist corporate attempts to manipulate public debate and engineer consent, corporate accountability activists need to learn how better to distinguish between marketing — selling a product– and corporate public relations — selling industry views although manipulation is key to both kinds of activities.

But instead of farming, he chose a career in journalism, eventually helping the Woodrow Wilson Administration promote the idea that US efforts in World War I were intended to bring democracy to Europe.

Edward Bernays and the Engineering of Consent

Govind rated it really liked it Mar 08, The Indian Academy of Paediatrics, for instance, passed a resolution in rejecting baby food manufacturers’ funding.

They could institute an annual competition for the best ‘corporate camouflage’ of the year similar to existing awards for the ‘top polluter’, for instance. Misuse of dried milk has almost certainly resulted in a similar number of deaths to those killed in all the wars since InShell commissioned an issues management plan from Pagan International because the company was feeling threatened by worldwide solidarity actions aimed at bringing apartheid in South Africa to an end.

He details aspects of timing, forbearance, approach, surprise, participation, association, disassociation, crossroads, personalization, bland withdrawal, apparent withdrawal, apparent runner-up, omission, reversal, mosaic, and understatement. IBFAN ‘s financial contribution towards some of the printing costs is gratefully acknowledged. Not only had such coalitions lobbied at international and national levels for stricter regulation of transnational business; they had also researched and exposed publicly what they considered to be harmful business practices and used consumer boycotts to influence corporate practices.


Samstag illustrates varieties of strategy with sample cases before the public. Eager to do their best for “our common future”, they claim to be keen to listen to their critics. The meeting never took place because most of the organisations invited to attend, such as the World Council of Churches and the International Organisation of Consumer Unions, saw no need for such a meeting.

Nick rated it it was amazing Jun 16, If one were to project the democratic way of life in a musical score, its major theme would be the harmony of dissonance”. Another common veiling technique is to set up a ‘front’ — “an organisation established to appear as an independent third party [but actually] supporting the individual or organisation in controversy”.

Edward Bernays and the Engineering of Consent

It is currently estimated that in areas with unsafe water, an artificially-fed child is 25 times more likely to die from diarrhoea than a breastfed child. Andrew Perry rated it it was amazing Dec 03, A second strategy is to depoliticise debates on societal questions by trying to shift the debate either to less politicsed arenas nernays from political questions to technocratic issues.

It is they who pull the wires that control the public mind. Walter von Wartburg, an international communications spokesperson for Novartis the Swiss pharmaceutical giant conssnt by the merger of Ciba-Geigy and Sandoz, which owns baby food company Gerber suggests that a company should deal with public criticism by providing a “psychological underpinning of [a company’s] own statement through third parties which enjoy public trust”.

The group declined and the trial continued, culminating with group members being given just a token fine. Torches of Freedom Light’s Golden Jubilee. They have formed ‘public interest’ groups whose names contain words such as ‘fairness’, ‘balance’, ‘choice’, ‘coalition’ and ‘alliance’ — “all words that resound very positively”.

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The Engineering of Consent – Wikipedia

Issues management, the modern version of engineering of consent, is a similarly pro-active and systematic propaganda campaign based on intelligence gathering and on a thorough assessment of the socio-political situation. This shocked me, but I knew any human activity can be used for social purposes or misused for antisocial ones.

Some critics have lost their jobs after their employers have been ‘approached’; other reprisals have included imprisonment or physical threats.

Extending this tactic, PR organisations have started to organise corporate ‘grass-roots’ organisations or movements, a technique known eengineering ‘astroturf lobbying’. The PR consultants urged that “activities should be implemented as soon as possible in order to most effectively pre-empt boycott activities”. Announcements of new, voluntary corporate codes of ethics or conduct are one way of preventing, or at least delaying, tougher regulation of corporate activities.

Peter Willets, a lecturer on international relations, regards the politics surrounding the economic and social issues of baby food as equivalent to “the ‘high politics’ of security, diplomacy and national prestige”:.

There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Even without the threat of libel, the media system as a whole tends to be biased in favour of the interests of the ‘powerful’. Pagan considered several industries would be “certain to be at the centre of conflict during the next decade”.

Bernays explained, “Professionally, [public relations] activities are planned and executed by trained practitioners in accordance with scientific principles, based on the findings of social scientists.

Because then they are on the defensive. The seven other chapters were by his associates: D6; “Corporate Conintelpro”, HarpersVol. To prevent, or at least consentt, being used to enhance a corporate image, professional associations and actions groups should continue discussing all these issues among themselves and establish clear policies on funding.

One of its first actions was to draft a code of ethics, released with much fanfare two days after the end of the first court hearing.

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