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propaganda: Information that is spead for the purpose of promoting some cause.

 

Propaganda is a specific type of message presentation aimed at serving an agenda. At its root, the denotation of propaganda is 'to propagate (actively spread) a philosophy or point of view'. The most common use of the term (historically) is in political contexts; in particular to refer to certain efforts sponsored by governments or political groups.

 

 


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I think the previous authors were focused on the political meaning and the advertising meaning, broadened the definition, clarified approaches
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- '''Propaganda''' is a specific type of [[message]] presentation aimed at serving an agenda. Even if the message conveys true information, it may be [[partisan]] and fail to paint a complete and balanced picture. The primary use of the term is in [[politics|political]] contexts, and generally refers to efforts sponsored by governments and political parties. + '''Propaganda''' is a specific type of [[message]] presentation aimed at serving an agenda. At its root, the denotation of propaganda is 'to propagate (actively spread) a philosophy or point of view'. The most common use of the term (historically) is in [[politics|political]] contexts; in particular to refer to certain efforts sponsored by governments or political groups.
- The goal of propaganda is to garner either support or disapproval of a certain position, rather than to simply present the position. The primary target of propaganda is people's opinions rather than their knowledge. Therefore, the information conveyed is often presented in an emotionally loaded way and with other means of affecting the opinions of people. +

The aim of propaganda is to actively influence people's opinions, rather than to merely communicate the facts about something. For example, propaganda might be used to garner either support or disapproval of a certain position, rather than to simply present the position. What separates propaganda from "normal" communication is in the subtle, often insidious, ways that the message attempts to shape opinion. For example, propaganda is often presented in a way that attempts to deliberately evoke a strong emotion, especially by suggesting non-logical (or non-intuitive) relationships between concepts.

- In [[English language|English]], the word "propaganda" often carries strong negative (as well as political) connotations, despite being accepted as a general meaning of "[[advertising]]" on rare occasions. This is not necessarily so in other languages, and usage of the term may lead to [[False friend|misunderstanding in communications]] with non-native English speakers. For example, in [[Brazil]] and some [[Spanish language]] speaking countries, particularly in the [[Southern Cone]], the word "propaganda" usually means the most common manipulation of information—"advertising." + The method of propaganda is essential to the word's meaning as well. A message does not have to untrue to qualify as propaganda. In fact, the message in modern propaganda is often not blatantly untrue. But even if the message conveys only "true" information, it will generally contain [[partisan|partisan bias]] and fail to paint a complete and balanced picture. Another common characteristic of propaganda is volume (in the sense of a large amount). For example, a propagandist may seek to influence opinion by attempting to get a message heard in as many places as possible, and as often as possible. The intention of this approach is to a) reinforce an idea through repetition, and b) drown-out or exclude any alternative ideas.
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  + In [[English language|English]], the word "propaganda" often carries strong negative (as well as political) connotations. This is not necessarily so in other languages, and usage of the term may lead to [[False friend|misunderstanding in communications]] with non-native English speakers. For example, in [[Brazil]] and some [[Spanish language]] speaking countries, particularly in the [[Southern Cone]], the word "propaganda" usually means the most common manipulation of information —"advertising."
==Types of propaganda== ==Types of propaganda==
  


  
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