synonyms for propaganda
what is propaganda?
It is a public action or display of doctrines, ideas, arguments, facts or allegations spread by deliberate effort through any medium of communication in order to influence others, to further one's cause or to damage an opposing cause. In its Latin derivation, the word means to propagate or to sow.
brief history of propaganda
Propaganda has been used throughout human history from the time of Alexander the Great and the Roman Empire to the Reformation. When the printing press was invented in the mid-15th century, it became a powerful tool for the distribution of propaganda.
As new mass media were developed, they too were adopted as the propaganda machine became increasingly sophisticated. Propaganda continued to play a major role in shaping the outcome of wars and revolutions from the 18th century to the present day.
shades of propaganda
White propagandaÂ generally comes from an openly identified source, and is characterized by gentler methods of persuasion, such as standard public relations techniques and one-sided presentation of an argument.
Black propagandaÂ is identified as being from one source, but is in fact, from another. This is most commonly to disguise the true origins of the propaganda, be it from an enemy country or from an organization with a negative public image.
Gray propagandaÂ is propaganda without any identifiable source or author. In scale, these different types of propaganda can also be defined by the potential of true and correct information to compete with the propaganda.
10 point checklist for analyzing propaganda:
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