Propaganda & Mass Persuasion: How Can We Detect Propaganda?

Thursday, January 31, 2008

How Can We Detect Propaganda?

According to (Doob, Leonard, p217)

The reason why propaganda is so effective is because it affects our emotions rather than our reasoning. "We are fooled by propaganda chiefly because we don't recognize it when we see it".
If we are familiar with the seven propaganda devices, we will then be able to detect propaganda.
According to Doob, These seven devices are: name-calling, glittering-generalities, transfer, testimonial, plain-folks, card-stacking and the band-wagon device.

"The intelligent citizen doesn't want to be fooled by propagandist. He wants to know the facts and among these the fact of the utilization of his emotions (p223)."
I believe that we are all fooled by propagandist one way or another. If we turn to today's papers we could probably see how these propaganda devices are being used by politicians.


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