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Third, and last, in the series, "Mobilizing America's psychological resources in times of emergency."
Panel to develop a program of action of the harnessing of America's psychological resources.
Mr. Bernaise explains the purpose of the program: to bring to the attention [get the rest of this thought] and recaps the two previous panels: [get this]
Bernaise introduces panelists: --, and Ordway Tead, of City College. They discuss the "problem of morale" and "where do we go from here."
What can, and should, the citizen do to raise morale? the political units? the federal government?
An aside to point out that they are discussing morale in a time of peace, that they hope the events in Korea will not change that.
How do citizens become more knowledgeable about what to do?
Bernaise: The matter of being informed in a cock-eyed world like the one they live in is a problem. The deliberate citizen can inform himself of what goes on by developing short cuts to understanding: reading the newspaper, listening to Edward Murrow and Elmer Davis, reading news magazines, looking to unbiased men; separating the im-propaganda from the propaganda.
Kleinberg: Ego-involvement, the feeling that we identify with the problem and taking a stand against it; it's our problem. This is equally important with the acquisition of information. Example of presumed guilt.
General discussion of taking the oath. Citizens should attempt to live up to the "American Bible." Discussion over whether or not the government should tell a citizen what he can expect in return for loyalty. Damage done to morale by uncertainty.
Reference to Gilbert Seldes book, a blind adherence to what the mass media wants has created a situation where the mass doesn't want what the mass media gives.
Propaganda is changing its meaning lately: a citizen must not be ensnared by old meanings of words. He must get behind the meaning of the word to the reference of the word.
The army and navy experience has show that they have to spend millions to re-educate enlistees who are not prepared. This is a potent factor against morale.
We don't want to create an atmosphere as if we were in the third World War.
Suggestion for a Morale division of the government.
Audio courtesy of the NYC Municipal Archives WNYC Collection
WNYC archives id: 71840
Municipal archives id: LT1817