I am not sure if I have re-blogged this already, as I know I have read this before. I hate, I mean HATE, the way media twists and turns things all around to suit the ‘suits’ needs. I like the ending wherein we are encouraged to analyze all that we read, see, and hear. Then we are asked to challenge viewpoints, especially extreme viewpoints. This doesn’t mean argue with people about them, but find out where the information is coming from, is it academically supported, is it rational to the average person, can it be relied upon as a general opinion or consensus, and lastly, is it hurtful or hateful to any one population? If even the last part is true, then it cannot be true, as we were not made to hurt and hate each other, whether of Christian belief or not, it simply doesn’t make sense for us to be here, at this time, and have such hate for each other. Love is easier, makes us feel better physically and psychologically; our health is better when we love and are happy; our relationships are better; and our societies are better for love and happiness. So hate does not make sense for any reason. If we need to reduce the population, then there are natural methods which are used, such as natural disasters, which are out of our control, but cause a population to either decrease, or migrate to other areas. I know there may be lots of arguments against what I am saying, but you cannot argue that hate creates anything but more hate, and a diseased self and society.
“It is not enough for journalists to see themselves as mere messengers without understanding the hidden agendas of the message and myths that surround it.”
Defining propaganda has always been a problem. The main difficulties have involved differentiating propaganda from other types of persuasion, and avoiding an “if they do it then that’s propaganda, while if we do it then that’s information and education” biased approach. Personally I prefer the following definition provided by Garth Jowett and Victoria O’Donnell: “Propaganda is the deliberate, systematic attempt to shape perceptions, manipulate cognitions, and direct behavior to achieve a response that furthers the desired intent of the propagandist.”
What is modern propaganda? For many, it is the lies of a totalitarian state usually associated with Nazis and Communism.
Today, we prefer to believe that there is no submissive void in our…
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