11 Facts About Propaganda


Propaganda can be found in news and journalism, government, advertising, entertainment, education, and activism and is often associated with material which is prepared by governments as part of war efforts, political campaigns, health campaigns, revolutionaries, big businesses, ultra-religious organizations, the media, and certain individuals such as soapboxers.

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Propaganda was conceptualized as a form of influence designed to build social consensus.

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Propaganda was used extensively by Communist forces in the Vietnam War as means of controlling people's opinions.

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Propaganda was used to create fear and hatred, and particularly to incite the Serb population against the other ethnicities .

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Propaganda is sometimes evaluated based on the intention and goals of the individual or institution who created it.

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Propaganda was often used to influence opinions and beliefs on religious issues, particularly during the split between the Roman Catholic Church and the Protestant churches or during the Crusades.

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Propaganda is a powerful weapon in war; in certain cases, it is used to dehumanize and create hatred toward a supposed enemy, either internal or external, by creating a false image in the mind of soldiers and citizens.

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Propaganda has become more common in political contexts, in particular, to refer to certain efforts sponsored by governments, political groups, but often covert interests.

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Propaganda has much in common with public information campaigns by governments, which are intended to encourage or discourage certain forms of behavior .

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Propaganda can take the form of leaflets, posters, TV, and radio broadcasts and can extend to any other medium.

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The Institute for Propaganda Analysis was formed to introduce methods of instruction for high school and college students, helping learners to recognize and desist propaganda by identifying persuasive techniques.

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