What is Propaganda? is an important question; but not as important as asking,”is this propaganda?” I think one problem in American society particularly is we get caught up in the event, rather than focusing on the things that occur within the event.
Take the DNC hack for example. ‘Russia hacked the emails’ was the entire focus, not what was in the actual emails. Which is something that should have been addressed.
I think it is important to describe the individual meaning of each word. According to wikipedia propaganda “…is communication that is used primarily to influence an audience and further an agenda, which may not be objective and may be presenting facts selectively to encourage a particular synthesis or perception, or using loaded language to produce an emotional rather than a rational response to the information that is presented.” The reading explains it simply as a means to disseminate or promote particular ideas.
It is crucial to be able to disseminate information and determine if what you are reading is changing your patterns of thinking.
According to Wikipedia ersuasion “…is an umbrella term of influence. Persuasion can attempt to influence a person’s beliefs, attitudes, intentions, motivations, or behaviors.” Aristotle wrote about it in Rhetoric, the art of persuasive and effective communication.
So in reality propaganda and persuasion are very similar. If the persuasive speech is directed towards people with the intent of swaying their belief system, then the persuasive speech is propaganda.
In Our Lifetime
One of the biggest propaganda campaigns in my life time happened after 9/11. Bush in my opinion ’caused’ 9/11 by hyping the whole event up. After 9/11, his address to the world’s people on the invasion of Iraq is an example of complete propaganda.
Bush’s address of the invasion of the Iraqi war provided no real insight into the actual invasion, or what was happening in Iraq that made such an action necessary. Everything he said was a complete lie. I learned first hand the truth behind Iraq while stationed in Fallujah, Iraq. I got to see first hand what the war on terror actually did to the people of both Iraq and Afghanistan.
Application of Propaganda
We basically assisted in the collapse, just like the ‘propaganda’ that Obama created ‘ISIS’. Technically it was the Marines. ISIS was formed when key leaders of the Iraqi National Army and Police, coupled with members of the Afghani National army and police defected and became key leaders of ISIS instead.
So they use propaganda to try and deter us from the fact that ISIS, the Taliban, al Quid-a, Sharia Law, are all different forms of ideas. To try and take away from the fact the Islam literally means “to submit to God”, or that Muhammed said stuff about bringing the word of Allah with the tip of his sword.
Jesus said something along the lines of “he who brings the sword, will fall by the sword.” Which is religious propaganda to persuade an audience to a popular belief, which is the belief in that religion or idea. Even the Christian Bible say’s, I do not permit women to hold authority over the man, they must remain silent, Timothy 2:12. So everything has the potential for some form of propagated reaction or response depending on the message.
What I mean by ’cause’, is he blew it out of proportion. Had the world’s people had social media like we do today I believe that we would have avoided an invasion of Iraq and Afghanistan.
Propaganda and persuasion is being used today as the media tries to sell us fabricated fear on this ‘pandemic’. I imagine not having social media now would have ended with a war against China. Everyone blaming a nation for the actions of the CCP which is not the entire nation, would have led us down the same path.
With the creation of social media we have been able to avoid conventional war, which I know for a fact would not have ended well for either side.
Also seems like the CCP wants war with America because their use of propaganda is to suppress their citizens access to real information. Everything is propaganda and persuasion.
Chinese Persuasive Propaganda
This might be the biggest contributor to propaganda and its spread in America.