Propaganda...Recognize It, Protect Yourself...Use it for Good
By Kevin Hogan and Allen Loren
The target of the message of propaganda is where you want to begin your deeper understanding of this viral spreading set of techniques.
What questions should you be asking whenever you confront claims, directives, philosophies and the like?
How can you protect yourself (when necessary) against propaganda’s devices and techniques?
Learn to Recognize the Propaganda Devices
At this point, it is really pretty easy to find examples. Just look at the local newspaper or watch a news report on TV or listen to one on the radio. Observe closely how the story they are reporting on is phrased.
Any inflammatory words?
Loaded words and phrases?
Are they reporting all sides of the issue?
Do they have an expert in the field giving one side and another expert in the same field giving a different viewpoint?
Or is it an expert on one side and some dummy representing the other?
If you recognize only these things, you will essentially be back on the road to being in charge of your own brain.
Dissect a “news” story, speech, advertising piece... whatever... and find the propaganda devices being used.
These days, it's really easy to...
FIND THE FACTS...before coming to any conclusion.
Using the Internet, you can find all sorts of “facts” and figures. Then you can evaluate both sides in your own mind and reach your own critically thought out answer and belief.
BUT, most people don't because they are now thinking in 140 character chunks which allows for almost no messaging for analytical thought. Therefore the user of propaganda hold an edge in 2011 that they have never had in the past.
Remember, with just a little time to analyze and think...there is plenty of opportunity to form a conclusion and believe in it later on. Once you learn how to recognize propaganda, it’s much easier to respond to messages.
KEYPOINT: Suspend your judgment until you have time to uncover the facts and the logic or trickery involved in the propaganda in question.
To do this you must ask and answer these questions:
- Who is the propagandist?
- How is she trying to influence my thoughts and actions?
- For what purpose is she using the common propaganda devices?
- Do I like her purposes?... Why?
- How does she use words and symbols?
- What are the exact meanings of her words and symbols?
- What is it the propagandist is attempting to make these words and symbols appear to mean?
- What are the basic interests of this propagandist?
What should you always, always be on guard against?
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