September 20, 2016

Be aware of propaganda strategies

With propaganda techniques, panic mongering is often used when people are afraid, because people lose their ability to think rationally when they are terrified. With panic mongering, there is never a break from the fear. The idea of employing this technique is to terrify and terrorise the readers and/or audience during every waking moment.
Another technique is character assassination. Instead of wasting time debating the idea, some prefer a quicker route to dispensing with their opponents – go after the person’s credibility, motives, intelligence, character or, if needed, sanity. Another way is rewriting history – lying about the historical facts even when they can be proved to be false. The reason is that the dogmatic minds actually find it easier to reject reality than update their viewpoints. There is another propaganda strategy – scapegoating. This strategy works best when people feel insecure or scared. Technically, this strategy is a form of both fear mongering and diversion. The simple idea is that if you can find a group to blame for social or economic problems, you can then go on to justify violence and subvert responsibility for any harm that may befall them as a result.
One more technique is bullying, which works best with people who lack confidence either in themselves or in their grasp of subjects under discussion. This lack of confidence is exploited to force their submission or compliance. As with the preceding technique, the strategy of confusion works best with the less confident and self-possessed readers and/or audience. The idea is to deliberately confuse an argument but insist that the logic is airtight and imply that anyone who disagrees is either too dumb or too fanatical to follow along.
There is also a strategy called saturation. There are three components to effective saturation: being repetitive, being ubiquitous and being consistent. There is a psychological effect of being exposed to the same message over and over, regardless of whether it is true or if it even makes sense. If something is said enough times by enough people, many will come to accept it as truth. There are other propaganda techniques like projection flipping, conflating violence, populism, invoking the Christian God, disparaging education, guilt by association and diversion. The more the readers are aware of these techniques, the less likely they are to work on you.


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