The Author’s First Undertaking: defining propaganda

Define: propaganda

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Oh, say can you see? Sorta? A little?No, not really.

Googlederogatory information, especially of a biased or misleading nature, used to promote or publicize a particular political cause or point of view.

Merriam Webster: ideas or statements that are often false or exaggerated and that are spread in order to help a cause, a political leader, a government, etc.

Dictionary.com: 1. information, ideas, or rumors deliberately spread widely to help or harm a person, group, movementinstitution, nation, etc. 3. the particular doctrines or principles propagated by an organization or movement.

Wiki: a form of communication aimed towards influencing the attitude of a population toward some cause or position

Author’s working definition:  actions, information, and symbols indicative of a political, personal, or corporate agenda, purposefully and (non)subtly diffused upon a target audience to achieve success for the diffuser at the expense of the audience. #activepassive #dominantsubmissive #power #Foucault #advertising #publicrelations #corporatelobby #understandingthesource #brandawareness

Author’s noncomprehensive list of propagandic forms to explore:

  • Ad hominem. Attacking people personally rather addressing than their actual qualifications, arguments, products, or platforms. #GrandmaHillary #MormonMitt #OscarWildeJailBait
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Wait, you’re telling me this ancient bitch wants to run for                                      office? Is that a thing?

  • Appeal (to fear/authority/prejudice/worldview/etc.) #terrorism101 #threatlevelmidnight #safetyfirst #secondamendment #raisedhackles
  • Bandwagoning. Peer pressure for grownups, and grownups still fall for this shit. #crowdmentality #lamajoritie #weakresolve #theJonses
  • Pretty people | Glitterization. (Rampant in the beauty care, cosmetic, and “health and nutrition” industries.) Products/ideology promises results of beauty, and by extension, happiness, love, fulfillment, and, of course, models for friends. @KimKardashian #fatcream #facecream #ladylumps
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What diet brand is this–Adobe?

  • Love bombing. Remove old influences/stimulants (family and friends), and replace them with “approved” people, products, brands, and personality traits. This is a big one for religious groups (#cults) and certain “1:1 business models” (#cults).
  • Cherry picking. In the words of Dwight Schrute, “First rule in road-side beet sales, put the most attractive beets on top.” Hide the selectively unimportant beets; no need to talk about those. #thisnotthat #partialtruth #cherrytree
  • Cognitive dissonance. Polls suggest target audience hates A, but likes B. Advertisers promote A using B’s endorsement, relating a likable person/brand/product to a less likable one, increasing the likability of the unlikable. #likethat #braincramp #transference
  • Demonization | dehumanization | name calling | labeling. Creating an #other, disenfranchising and alienating specific groups based on color, creed, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, habits, interests, political leanings, etc. #gooks #jesusfreaks #slutsnhos #niggers #terrorists #drugaddicts #commies #spics #eggplants #offensivesemantics
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Only commies call in sick, Johnson. Where’s that white, er, American spirit?

  • Misinformation. #lies #creationism #dispensations #heavenhell #godisseparatefromyou
  • Obfuscation. #vague #confusing #conversationalwizardry
  • et al…too many more…must read about all of them…

Author’s challenge: seek out these and additional forms of propaganda daily, and record unique, specifics examples. Noticing (admitting) a problem exists is step one to solving it. #takeresponsibility #takecharge #fightpropaganda

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