Introduction to Propaganda

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In this lecture we investigate the nature of propaganda. We examine what propaganda is, the difference between education and propaganda, the history of propaganda, the nature of political propaganda, and the role propaganda plays in modern democracies.

What does propaganda mean? Noun. information, ideas, or rumors deliberately spread widely to help or harm a person, group, movement, institution, nation, etc. the deliberate spreading of such information, rumors, etc. the particular doctrines or principles propagated by an organization or movement.

The term “propaganda” apparently first came into common use in Europe as a result of the missionary activities of the Catholic church. In 1622 Pope Gregory XV created in Rome the Congregation for the Propagation of the Faith.

What are the 9 types of propaganda?

  • Bandwagon Technique.
  • Testimonial.
  • Loaded Word.
  • Misuse of statistics.
  • Name calling or stereotyping.
  • Plain Folks.
  • Snob Appeal.
  • Transfer.

What is card stacking propaganda?The propaganda technique of CardStacking is so widespread that we may not always be aware of its presence in a commercial. Basically, CardStacking means stacking the cards in favor of the product; advertisers stress is positive qualities and ignore negative.

All these points boil down to some very simple questions: What is the source of the propaganda? What is its authority? What purposes prompted it? Whom will it benefit? What does it really say?

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