Discussion, analysis and deconstruction of propaganda, spin, public relations, marketing, disinformation and psyops: its use and abuse and you.

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Postcards from the Ministry of Truth


prop⋅a⋅gan⋅da [prop-uh-gan-duh] /ˌprɒpəˈgændə/ –noun; 1. information, ideas, or rumors deliberately spread widely to help or harm a person, group, movement, institution, nation, etc. 2. the deliberate spreading of such information, rumors, etc. 3. the particular doctrines or principles propagated by an organization or movement. 4. Roman Catholic Church. a. a committee of cardinals, established in 1622 by Pope Gregory XV, having supervision over foreign missions and the training of priests for these missions. b. a school (College of Propaganda) established by Pope Urban VIII for the education of priests for foreign missions. 5. Archaic. an organization or movement for the spreading of propaganda. Origin: 1710–20; < NL, short for congregātiō dē propāgandā fidē congregation for propagating the faith; propāgandā, abl. sing. fem. gerundive of propāgāre

“See in my line of work, you got to keep repeating things over and over and over again for the truth to sink in, to kind of catapult the propaganda.” -- George W. Bush to students in Rochester New York on May 24, 2005

“If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it. The lie can be maintained only for such time as the State can shield the people from the political, economic and/or military consequences of the lie. It thus becomes vitally important for the State to use all of its powers to repress dissent, for the truth is the mortal enemy of the lie, and thus by extension, the truth is the greatest enemy of the State.” -- Joseph Goebels

“He who controls the present, controls the past. He who controls the past, controls the future.” -- George Orwell

"Propaganda does not deceive people; it merely helps them to deceive themselves." -- Eric Hoffer

"Terrorism is in good part an effective government propaganda; it serves to deflect attention from governmental abuse toward a mostly imagined, highly dangerous outside enemy." -- Mark Poster

"The orchestration of press, radio and television to create a continuous, lasting and total environment renders the influence of propaganda virtually unnoticed precisely because it creates a constant environment." -- Jacques Ellul

"Why is propaganda so much more successful when it stirs up hatred than when it tries to stir up friendly feeling?" -- Bertrand Russell

[For the reality challenged, the last two posters are parody]

Propaganda Tools

Bullfighter: The rumors were true. Bullshit now has a number. And you now have the power to calculate it, using the freeware** originally produced by Deloitte Consulting but now distributed as a standalone product.
A neat plugin for MS Office that analyses theistic, corporate and political rhetoric for bullshit.

SpinSpotter: A relatively new browser extension for IE 7 and Firefox. Sort of like StumbleUpon in theory - rests entirely on a user community feeding back spin and disinformation to the SpinSpotter database, then scanning your web content for correlations. May develop into a useful tool. Or maybe it won't. Only one way to find out.

Propaganda Online Resources

Fact Check: A site that monitors the factual accuracy of things said by U.S. politicians (thanks cj the cynic)

Snopes: Not just an urban legend archive - its a valuable resource for all manner of information abuse. If you read something and it smells funny, this is a good place to start.

Center for Media and Democracy: [about][SourceWatch][FrontGroups]

Iron Chariots - Counter-apologetics: Logical Fallacies Reference [][Wikipedia]

Discussion Forum

Propaganda Meets Social Media

Started by A Former Member Jun 11, 2013. 0 Replies

It's all about body languagae now

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Luara May 30, 2013. 5 Replies

Difficult to read font reduces confirmation bias

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Nov 3, 2012. 1 Reply

Propaganda Dissemination Technologies & Techniques

Started by Фелч Гроган. Last reply by Chris G Jan 19, 2011. 5 Replies

Why journalism is in the toilet

Started by Фелч Гроган. Last reply by Napoleon Bonaparte Jan 18, 2011. 3 Replies

Political / Military Propaganda Images and Multi-Media

Started by Фелч Гроган. Last reply by Andrew Lafont Jan 8, 2010. 14 Replies

38 Ways To Win An Argument

Started by Фелч Гроган. Last reply by Jared Lardo Nov 8, 2009. 3 Replies

The Million Dollar Question

Started by Aiden. Last reply by A Former Member Oct 27, 2009. 2 Replies

Anti - Cash For Clunkers propaganda

Started by Aiden. Last reply by Aiden Aug 17, 2009. 4 Replies

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Comment by Alex on October 4, 2009 at 3:20pm
I loathe these tactics. It's sad human psychology is so warped that it is influenced far greater by the presentation of a belief rather than the reasons for or against said belief. I'm very disappointed with the way we all tend to think.
Comment by Aiden on August 21, 2009 at 11:08am
Dallas, you might enjoy these two as well:

Comment by A Former Member on August 20, 2009 at 5:41pm
@ Aiden, re: your image:

Yes, and we have all these comforts because people in some third-world country work in a factory 10 hours a day @ .25 cents/hour to make sure we have crap to buy that we don't really need.
Comment by Aiden on August 20, 2009 at 2:41pm

I was cleaning out some old image directories and found this...
Comment by Фелч Гроган on March 15, 2009 at 8:44pm
Similar, but more focussed on the consequences of propaganda driven consumerism is Naomi Klein's excellent No Logo. "Marketing" (itself a propaganda spin term to disguise the fact it is in essence raw propaganda) is far more than just reality abuse. It is fraud, environmental vandalism and exploitation of the powerless.

If you question the environmental damage perpetrated by marketing, think of how they convinced first the US, then the rest of the wealthy countries, that they simply must have creosote fragment carcinogen spewing, 4 mile per gallon monster to drive their children to soccer. If you don't buy one, you hate your children and don't care if they die in a car accident.
Comment by A Former Member on March 15, 2009 at 3:05pm
This week it's a look at why we buy. What drives us to purchase nonsense, even when we're watching every penny? Branding consultant Martin Lindstrom examined this behavior with neuroscientists at Oxford University. The findings convinced him that mysterious forces we aren't even aware of propel us to open our wallets for things we don't need or want. His book is Buyology: Truth and Lies About Why We Buy.

Listen here, and scroll to March 14th, 2009.
Comment by Фелч Гроган on March 15, 2009 at 5:26am
Colin's vid moved here:

Propaganda & Mind Control Report Part 1
Comment by Фелч Гроган on February 26, 2009 at 6:20pm
In its most basic forms, its about manipulating reality for personal gain or to drive pre-defined ideology. I'd suggest reading though -

It is simple and succinct. Its more than likely you've been on the receiving end every morning before you've even had breakfast.
Comment by skye AKA rembrandt on February 26, 2009 at 1:18pm
what is this group for exactly
Comment by Фелч Гроган on February 24, 2009 at 11:01pm

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