Propaganda & Mass Persuasion: It all starts with Religion....

Wednesday, February 04, 2009

It all starts with Religion....

To spread an idea or an action by word of mouth, writing in a newspaper or any other form that will grab someones attention is called Propaganda. Sometimes, in order to get your point across, an individual has to spread a message no matter what it takes. Techniques in spreading the word of Propaganda have become very unique. In todays society, we use television advertisements and subliminal messaging.

"The word was first given general currency by the Roman Catholic church to refer to the dissemination of its doctrine and was later adopted and adapted by Marxists. Modern revolutionaries use propaganda to mean the spreading of doctrine; incitement is agitation." (Lasswell, Propaganda)

Churches were looked at as a political power long ago. Most people turned to them for advice and direction. Most propaganda surrounds politics. If the government has the ability to influence a nation, then convincing them of an example of propaganda would not be a difficult task.


Blogger Irina said...

I absolutely agree with this post. And i'd like to add L. Ron Hubbards words about mass persuasion: "The way to make a million dollars is to start a religion."

2/05/2009 11:04 AM  
Blogger A. Mattson said...

Propaganda has a long history in religion and politics.

Be careful about the use of the term "subliminal." It has a specific meaning and is often misused. Do you really think that there are subliminal messages hidden in mass media content?

2/10/2009 10:44 AM  

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