What is propaganda?
Propaganda is a form of communication that is aimed towards influencing the attitude of a community toward some cause or position by presenting only one side of an argument. Propaganda is usually repeated and dispersed over a wide variety of media in order to create the chosen result in audience attitudes.
Propaganda, the coordinated attempt to influence public opinion through the use of media, was skillfully used by the NSDAP in the years leading up to and during Adolf Hitler's leadership of Germany (1933–1945). National Socialist propaganda provided a crucial instrument for acquiring and maintaining power, and for the implementation of their policies, including the pursuit of total war and the extermination of millions of people in the Holocaust. Dr. Joseph Goebbels was head of Germany's Ministry of Public Enlightenment and Propaganda. His masterful use of propaganda for Adolf Hitler and the NSDAP made him an archetype of the modern spin doctor in public conscience.
General Types of Propaganda:
Propaganda can be categorized based on visibility of its source and/or the fact that the message is actually propaganda.
1) "White" propaganda comes from an official source and is not disguised. It should be immediately recognizable as propaganda..
2) "Grey" propaganda may be apparent as propaganda but its source will be hidden.
3) "Black" propaganda is material whose content is not easily discerned as Propaganda and whose source is completely concealed.
The difference between Propaganda and political statements, public announcements, or advertising:
Although both may have similar ways of being implanted and used, advertisement and propaganda are different, especially on what they intend to persuade or convince. First of all, propaganda is the use of messages, which are usually false, twisted, exaggerated or modified, in order to receive support and persuade people to believe in a specific ideal or...
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