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    How to be a good propagandist

    Quote Originally Posted by Coriolis View Post
    No, on several counts. Propaganda is simply the deliberate spreading of (dis)information to manipulate. It differs from true persuasion in not requiring any semblance of logic or factual correctness. Its modern usage is almost exclusively negative. If one is describing the spreading of information in a positive or even neutral sense, one should use a different expression. Uncritical acceptance of the Bible is Americans' most widespread and unfortunate belief. Finally, Death of a Salesman is awful. Miller should have stuck to writing about witches.
    We can be a good propagandist by following three rules -

    1. We remember propaganda is neither true nor false, rather plausible or implausible.

    2. We remember to never believe our own propaganda.

    3. We remember the meaning of our propaganda is its response.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Victor View Post
    We can be a good propagandist by following three rules -

    1. We remember propaganda is neither true nor false, rather plausible or implausible.

    2. We remember to never believe our own propaganda.

    3. We remember the meaning of our propaganda is its response.
    1. Every statement that comprises propaganda (as with any information) has an associated degree of veracity.

    2. The wisdom of this depends on the level of veracity.

    3. The success of propaganda lies in its response.

    Being a good propagandist is a bit like being a good villain: possible, but a bit oxymoronic.

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    Is the Pope not considered the Vicar of Christ? That would make him Christ's representative on Earth, not far from Giggly's perspective.
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