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Sociology, communication, propaganda.  ---  .This section is about propaganda.  ---  1/24/2006

Sociology, communication, propaganda.  ---  (1) All communication is propaganda.  (2) All communication is trying to sell something.  All communication is trying to persuade and influence.  All communication has an agenda and is trying to prove something.  ---  4/20/2001

Sociology, communication, propaganda.  ---  Definition.  Propaganda does not have to be from the government.  Propaganda does not have to be political.  A broad definition of propaganda is that it can be put out by any individual or group, and it can be on any topic.  ---  11/18/2001

Sociology, communication, propaganda.  ---  Four definitions of propaganda.  (1) Lies.  (2) Asks you to accept based on belief, not reason.  (3) Asks you to accept based on emotion, not reason.  (4) Forces you to accept based on coercion.  ---  5/30/1998

Sociology, communication, propaganda.  ---  Is all communication propaganda?  No.  ---  6/5/2004

Sociology, communication, propaganda.  ---  PART ONE.  Propaganda definitions.  (1) Any communication is propaganda.  This definition is too broad to be a working definition of propaganda.  (2) Any one-sided, partisan, persuasive communication is propaganda.  This is also too broad a definition.  (3) Propaganda is communication whose arguments rely on twisted, faulty logic.  (4) Propaganda is communication that favors emotion over reason.  (5) Propaganda is communication that favors blind belief over reason.  (6) Propaganda is communication that lies.  Or that uses half truths.  Or that distorts the truth.     PART TWO.  Types of propaganda.  (1) Political propaganda.  (2) Business propaganda.  (3) Religious propaganda.  (4) Military propaganda.     PART THREE.  What is the opposite of propaganda.  What is not propaganda?  (1) Reasoning.  Rational argument.  (2) Arguing both sides of an issue.  ---  6/26/2004

Sociology, communication, propaganda.  ---  Persuasion.  Persuasive speaking.  To seek to persuade someone.  ---  10/10/2004

Sociology, communication, propaganda.  ---  Propaganda, negative connotations.  (1) Propaganda defined as lies, distortions and half truths.  (2) Propaganda defined as emotional appeals, devoid of reason.  (3) Propaganda defined as slogans without reasoning.  (4) Propaganda defined as indoctrination.  Coercing people to believe and obey without thinking.  ---  6/5/2004

Sociology, communication, propaganda.  ---  Some people say all communication is propaganda.  Others say that by limiting the mode of discourse we can eliminate propaganda.  (1) Simply stating the facts, backed up with proof.  We see that politicians can do even this in a slanted, biased way.  (2) Emotional content is often useful and needed.  Removing all emotion from communication is no way to ensure that propaganda is no being spread.  (3) Not using normative statements such as "This or that is good or bad" and "We should or shouldn't do this or that" is no way to ensure that propaganda will not take place.  Normative statements have a valid place in discourse if they are backed up with reasons.  ---  1/1/2001

Sociology, communication, propaganda.  ---  Spin and hype.  ---  5/15/2004

Sociology, communication, propaganda.  ---  Techniques of propaganda.  Lies, half truths, omissions.  Pushing and angle and spin.  Censorship and secrecy.  ---  12/30/1992

Sociology, communication, propaganda.  ---  Three definitions of propaganda.  (1) Propaganda as lying.  (2) Propaganda as indoctrination.  Believe and obey.  (3) Propaganda as not allowing dissenting opinion.  (4) The opposite of the above three being truth and reasoned discourse.  ---  9/21/1998

Sociology, communication, propaganda.  ---  Two parts of propaganda.  (1) Employ writers, artists, filmmakers, etc. to communicate a carefully crafted message.  (2) Silence the opposition.  ---  11/18/2003

Sociology, communication, propaganda.  ---  What is the opposite of propaganda?  Critical thinking.  Propaganda can be defined as techniques used to attempt to deter critical thinking.  ---  8/29/2005

Sociology, communication, propaganda.  ---  Who wants to tell their side of the story?  Everyone.  Who wants to broadcast their side of the story?  Everyone.  Who wants to influence the media?  Everyone.     PART TWO.  When does it become unethical?  Who wants to seize control of the media through force, intimidation or harassment?  Who tries to control the technology of communications, and the people in the media industry?  Good question.  When does it become unethical?  When secrets and lies are used?  Who tries to control information, communication, education, thinking?  ---  11/29/2003

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