Propaganda is information of a biased or misleading nature, or misinformation, used to promote a cause or point of view. It is usually disseminated by someone seeking to promote a self-interest without regard to the whole, and therefore fits within Niebuhr’s definition of evil. As the means of disseminating information and misinformation have become more complex, the means of spreading propaganda have become more sophisticated. The widespread availability of information does not seem to have ameliorated the effects of propaganda in advanced nations; on the contrary, bias and myopic self-interest within target audiences seem to have made it more widespread. In the United States, for example, the Republican party has become thoroughly adept at the arts of propaganda, employing them in service of ignorance (denial of evolution and climate change, for example) and anti-government sentiment, which works to neutralize government as an agent to guard against the excesses of corporate greed.



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One Comment to Propaganda

  1. Carlita Muhlbauer
    June 3, 2013 9:07 pm

    Manufacturing takes turns under all types of economic systems. In a free market economy, manufacturing is usually directed toward the mass production of products for sale to consumers at a profit. In a collectivist economy, manufacturing is more frequently directed by the state to supply a centrally planned economy. In mixed market economies, manufacturing occurs under some degree of government regulation.”…”

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