Welcome to Propaganda Guard
Thinking minds and active brains congregate here. If you were looking for the 30-90 second wiki propaganda definition you have come to the wrong place. Quotes from great thinkers have been and are being compiled and sorted to give your brain an active workout.
By starving the sensibility of our pupils we only make them easier prey to the propagandist when he comes. For famished nature will be avenged and a hard heart is no infallible protection against a soft head.
-CS Lewis- The Abolition of Man
As C. S. Lewis pointed out more than 50 years ago, propaganda is highly effective in soft heads and hard hearts. Right now you might not know what that means exactly but you will be able to find out as you dig in and get your feet wet.
Propaganda [from modern Latin: ‘propagare’, literally “extending forth”] is a concerted set of messages aimed at influencing the opinions or behavior of large numbers of people. Instead of impartially providing information, propaganda in its most basic sense presents information in order to influence its audience. The most effective propaganda is often completely truthful, but some propaganda presents facts selectively to encourage a particular synthesis, or gives loaded messages in order to produce an emotional rather than rational response to the information presented. The desired result is a change of the cognitive narrative of the subject in the target audience.
Another example of a propaganda definition:
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.
-Garth S. Jowett and Victoria O’Donnell, Propaganda And Persuasion.
Before you go off to exploring, consider the following…
Propaganda Is A Perversion Of Authentic Relationships
Propaganda is first and foremost a change in the relationship dynamic between human beings. Here is an infographic that explains the relationship. Read more about the infographic.
CLICK ON INFOGRAPHIC TO ENLARGE IN YOUR BROWSER
Secondly, there is a inverse relationship between the rise of propaganda and the a disparagement of “truth” or “truth seeking” as a goal. As philosophical thinkers declared all truth relative, a steady rise in the use of propaganda can be noted.
The essay to read on this is C.S Lewis The Abolition of Man. You can download that right now HERE
Propaganda and Education
Is education designed to lead to a search for truth?
Does education consist simply of “knowledge acquired by learning and instruction” as the Wordbook definition tells us, and if so knowledge about what and for what purpose? Is this training a dissemination of mere facts or does it begin to start to look more like some definitions of propaganda?
You are going to want to explore the closely related idea of indoctrination for more brain bursting insights.
John Holt, wrote the following in a book entitled, Instead of Education
Education-something that some people do to others for their own good, molding and shaping them and trying to make them learn what they think they ought to know. Today, everywhere in the world, that is what “education” has become and I am wholly against it. People still spend a great deal of time as for years I did myself- taking about how to make “education” more effective and efficient, or how to do it or give it to more people, or how to reform it or humanize it. But to make it more effective and efficient will only be to make it worse, and to help it do even more harm. It cannot be reformed, can not be carried out wisely or humanely, because its purpose is neither wise nor humane.
Next to the right to life itself, the most fundamental of all human rights is the right to control our own mind and thoughts…whoever takes that right away from us , as the educators do , attacks the very center of our being and does us a most profound and lasting injury…
Education with its supporting system of compulsory and competitive schooling, all its carrots and sticks, its grades, diplomas and credentials, now seems to me perhaps the most authoritarian and dangerous of all the social inventions of mankind. It is the deepest foundation of the modern and worldwide slave state, in which most people feel themselves to be nothing but producers, consumers, spectators, and “fans” driven more and more in all aspects of their lives by greed, envy and fear. My concern is not to improve “education” but to do away with it, to end the ugly and antihuman business of people shaping and let people shape themselves.
This is admittedly a jaded view of modern education, go here to start asking more questions.
John Holt’s quote is meant to rev up the engines of your brain and to help you really start to think critically about truth, relationships, the purpose of speech and dialogue, propaganda- it’s methods, means, and techniques. I hope you find this site helpful in your own search for truth and that it functions as a flint that causes sparks of connections to go off in your brain like the forth of July
Propaganda Is A Disguised Attack Meant To Sabotage Your Very Life.
Correct thinking about life is an essential component of living a good life. If you, your children, family and friends are bombarded with inaccurate messages about life, it is very difficult to think correctly. Being able to recognize propaganda techniques is a safeguard
The earlier and more pervasive the delivery system of these messages, the more harmful and destructive to your life and liberty.
And finally if the attack on your mind is disguised, you won’t be defending yourself or your family and that will be disastrous.
In summary, you need to stand guard over your mind and what is being feed into it. The purpose of this site is to assist you in that process.
Renewing and reviving understandings about the following ideas are critical
- The purpose of speech and dialogue
- Propaganda-It’s purpose, and techniques
In order to do that you need to think more deeply than simply reading a page on the internet. Get acquainted with propaganda examples so that you can easily recognize it when it is being performed on you.
Finally, check out Part one of a great documentary regarding one of the founding fathers of modern American propaganda, Edward Bernays.
It’s a jungle gym for your mind! What are you waiting for –go explore