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Saturday, July 08, 2006

Can you identify this pioneer in radio, television and mass media?



Back in March, the Iconoclast introduced a new twist to our format to keep it fun, informative, and educational.

The idea then was to ask our readers to identify an image of an individual who - through their progressive ideals, thoughts, and actions - helped to shape our nation into not only the “home of the brave”, but also the “land of the free”.

The kindly looking gentleman pictured here was indeed a significant pioneer in the application of early radio and television technology and was unquestionably one of history’s most effective practitioners of the art and science of mass media. This man would make today’s master “spin doctors” pale by comparison!

From a purely technical perspective, this man could indeed be considered a progressive thinker… way ahead of his times… He helped shape the course of world events and contributed to the ascendancy of America as the world power we know today in ways he could have never imagined.

But be cautioned… not all progressive thinkers apply their innovations to honorable causes.

This is a trick question.

Who is this man and how did he contribute to make America “…the home of the brave and the land of the free”?

8 Comments:

  • At 7/08/2006 11:18 AM, Blogger Tom Wise said…

    I'm thinking this guy must have invented some military technology or something, but he looks too innocuous for that type of work? but looks can deceive...

    hmmmmmm....

     
  • At 7/08/2006 12:28 PM, Blogger Jerry Griffin said…

    Everything you said about this man is true. It made him one of the scariest people in world history. I use him whenever I talk about spin masters because he was the best. When I talk about the right wing noise machine I use him.
    "What could Joe Goebbels have done with access to the Fox News Channel?"

     
  • At 7/08/2006 2:52 PM, Anonymous Greg Bouchillon said…

    Marconi?

     
  • At 7/08/2006 5:15 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    just think what he would have done with the internet?

     
  • At 7/08/2006 10:58 PM, Blogger Waldo Jaquith said…

    It looks very much like Philo Farnsworth.

     
  • At 7/09/2006 10:02 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    that would be Hitler's version of Kard "turd blossom" Rove...

     
  • At 7/11/2006 5:03 PM, Blogger Lowell Fulk said…

    "A lie repeated often enough gradually becomes accepted as the truth."

    The consumate propagandist.

     
  • At 7/14/2006 7:10 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Lowell, you got it!

     

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