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Propaganda defined

The following is a list of propaganda techniques from a high school political science textbook: “American Government, 1998,” published by Educational Design, chapters 37-39.

Definition: “Propaganda: ideas designed to influence opinion and behavior.”

Technique 1: “Glittering generalizations:” Vague generalizations that sound good. Example: “Cause X is for freedom and justice.”

Technique 2: Bandwagon: The polls show that everyone agrees with Cause X.

Technique 3: Testimonials: Famous people such as movie stars vouch for Cause X.

Technique 4: Plain Folks: The person promoting the idea says “I’m plain folk, just like you.”

Technique 5: Name Calling: Discount the opposition by labeling.

Technique 6: Stacking the deck: Exaggeration, telling only part of the truth, bending the truth, oversimplifying the truth.

Marge Kaiser

Nevada City

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