Propaganda plays a large role in every country. It helps sway the opinion of citizens and, in many ways, helps elects politicians. Sometimes telling the difference between propaganda and actual news is difficult. Actually, it's not only the news we have to worry about. Propaganda can be seen in most places, ball games, television shows, and movie theaters. These quotes below talk about the greedy position propaganda holds on citizens.
Propaganda is to a democracy what the bludgeon is to a totalitarian state.
Only the mob and the elite can be attracted by the momentum of totalitarianism itself. The masses have to be won by propaganda.
Propaganda is a soft weapon; hold it in your hands too long, and it will move about like a snake, and strike the other way.
The essence of proaganda is the presentation of one side of the picture only.
J. A. C. Brown
All propaganda messages tend to occur in three stages: the stage of drawing attention and arousing interest, the stage of emotional stimulation, and the stage of showing how the tension thus created can be relieved (ie., by accepting the speaker's advice).
J. A. C. Brown
All State propaganda exalts comradeship, for it is the gregarious herd-sense and herd-smell which keeps people from thinking and so reconciles them to the destructiom of their private lives.
The danger of total propaganda is not that the propaganda will be believed. The danger is that nothing will be believed... The end result of total propaganda are not fanatics, but cynics.
Peter F. Drucker
Propaganda by its very nature is an enterprise for perverting the significance of events and of insinuating false intentions... The propagandist must insist on the purity of his own intentions and, at the same time, hurl accusations at his enemy.
Propaganda has only one object: to conquer the masses. Every means that further this aim is good; every means that hinders it is bad.
How a report is framed, which facts it contains and emphasizes and which it ignores, and in what context, are as important to shaping opinion as the bare facts themselves.
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