What is Propaganda

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"If you cannot convince them, confuse them." - Harry S. Truman, 33rd President of the United States

There has never been a more important time to explore the complex role of propaganda in contemporary society. Everyone needs this knowledge. Everybody needs to activate critical thinking and creativity and to deepen their understanding of media (including social media). Without the tools to deconstruct the world around you, you're disempowered. Most people wonder who's the sucker at the poker table of life. If you don't understand how to deconstruct and parse propaganda, odds are it's you and it'll always be you...

"Whenever you find you are on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect." - Mark Twain

Without at least some kind of training in dealing with propaganda we're at the mercy of having our thoughts programmed without our knowledge. The advance of psychometrics and microtargeting has made this an absolute imperative. Anyone not armed with techniques for handling the propaganda in everyday life is cannon fodder for manipulation.

The PROPAGANDA wiki aims to develop your critical approach to:

  • print and online media
  • mainstream and demographic news
  • information campaigns
  • advertisements
  • political rhetoric
  • snake-oil cult of the personality
  • demagogue populism
  • psychometrics

The PROPAGANDA wiki will help you master the ability to:

  • deconstruct how propaganda is used in everyday society
  • understand how propaganda is used to misinform, anger and incite people to hatred or xenophobia
  • evaluate and expose propaganda truth claims
  • parse deconstructed propaganda in its proper context
  • shield yourself against or manipulate microtargeting
  • see the dark heart of psychometrics and psychographic profiling from data harvesting
  • understand that propaganda is defined in different ways depending on the culture, time period, and the context
  • recognize that propaganda activates strong emotions, simplifies ideas, appeals to audience needs, and values, and targets opponents
  • develop a sense of social responsibility for the appropriate sharing of propaganda
  • gain confidence in expressing views and in participating in discussions of controversial topics where people have differences of opinion
  • reflect on propaganda’s potentially beneficial or harmful nature and its impact on individuals and society

"Life is like a poker game and any time you look around the table and can't tell who the sucker is, it's you." - Paul Newman