The Public Mind

The title shot from 'The Public Mind' from 1989.This four-part series explores image and reality in America. The programs look at how public opinion is formed through the mingling of fact and fiction in a society saturated with images. The series examines the impact on democracy of a mass culture whose basic information comes from image making, the media, public opinion polls, public relations and propaganda. (1989)



  • November 8, 1989 | The Public Mind
    Bill Moyers interviews communications experts about how the power of visual imagery in advertising challenges shapes the way people view the world and themselves.
  • November 15, 1989 | The Public Mind
    Bill Moyers examines the power of professional pollsters to influence public opinion.
  • November 22, 1989 | The Public Mind
    Bill Moyers investigates the power of visuals on news, politics and elections and explores how news organizations increasingly serve the interests of politicians, rather than the general public.
  • November 29, 1989 | The Public Mind
    Bill Moyers examines how deception has influenced some of the major events of our recent past and how self-deception shapes our personal lives and the public mind.