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  •  but, like all propaganda, it only really works on (12+ / 0-)

    those who already want to believe what it tells them.

    If propaganda is self-evident bullshit that nobody already wants to believe, it fails utterly. Just look at the former USSR, which bombarded its citizens with propaganda 24/7--and all they did was laugh at it.

    I think we overestimate the whole "propaganda/media controls our minds" thing, and use it as a convenient excuse why we never win on anything.

    Maybe we never win because (1) our message ("embrace the suck!") doesn't thrill anyone and (2) we can't organize our way out of a wet paper bag.

    In the end, reality always wins.

    by Lenny Flank on Tue Mar 18, 2014 at 07:16:18 AM PDT

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    •  While I agree with your basic premise, (2+ / 0-)
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      one of the major aims of propaganda is to instill fear and anger in an impressionable population. That fear and anger can then be turned into motivation at election time, which is how (in conjunction with Democratic voter apathy) we got the Tea Party infestation of Congress in 2010, as well as the Newt Wave in '94.

      We must aggressively battle propaganda with demonstrable truths if we are to regain the House and maintain control of the Senate.

    •  Hmmm (0+ / 0-)

      "Just look at the former USSR, which bombarded its citizens with propaganda 24/7--and all they did was laugh at it."

      Yet it worked to support Stalin's purges and Hitler's holocaust.
      People may have laughed, but they accepted the atrocities that accompanied the lies.

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