The definition of propaganda

Some definitions, adapted from truthout.

–Propaganda is Ultimate Weapon of Mass Distraction and Deception and Command and Control and Manipulation and Influence and Persuasion, in the History of Mankind.

–Propaganda is the most powerful and effective mode of communication for a message. It can be good, bad, or indifferent. Propaganda is both the mother and father of everything you hear from the gossip and rumor of the hearsay grapevine–to faith and belief dogma–to doctrine and principle.

–See no Propaganda! Speak no Propaganda! Hear no Propaganda! The persuasion and influence of propaganda works best when it is invisible or subtle, and drummed into one’s head over time, and via tradition.

–The most effective propaganda worms its way into our consciousness, leaving intact the perception that we have reached our opinions and made our choices independently.

–Propaganda is the sell that sold you something, that you never perceived as a pitch at any time along the way, when you bought into it. It is something that slowly happens to you without your awareness. Slow but sure.

–Silent influence, control, and persuasion that can and does promote any product OR service OR issue OR philosophy to the mindset of the masses. Where word of mouth about anything starts and spreads.

–Anything that makes you believe, or have faith in something, where there no facts to support it, is bad propaganda. . .IE religion and politics.

–Propaganda is a special and unique form of FEAR; used to sell, seal, and deliver a notion to exist in the mind as a representation (as of something comprehended), or as a formulation (as of a plan). Or, just something designed to change someone’s mind and point of view. Propaganda is a slight or indirect pointing out of something, especially of a way or means to an end.

The Best Examples of where Propaganda is needed and used:
–By the ELITE (the haves) exerting their influence and control over the masses (the have-nots).
–By every RELIGION. The main tool used by the elite to exert this influence and control over the masses.
–In POLITICS. Another tool used by the elite to exert their influence and control over the interests of the masses in the nation state.
–By CORPORATIONS. The elite’s tool for transacting commerce with the masses in the nation state.

Propaganda is so invasive, most people don’t even know it exists, nor how it influences them.

Beware! It’s everywhere.

The questions are:

How can we define propaganda?
How can we use it to our own advantages?
How can we defend ourselves from damaging propaganda?



About Garlin Gilchrist II

I am the City of Detroit's first ever Deputy Technology Director for Civic Community Engagement. My job is to open up the city's public data and information for the consumption and benefit of all Detroiters. I currently live in Detroit, my hometown, with my beautiful wife Ellen and our twins Garlin III and Emily Grace. I'm from Detroit. I created Detroit Diaspora, and was formerly the National Campaign Director at I also co-hosted The #WinReport on "The Good Fight," a an award winning, nationally syndicated radio show that was one of Apple's Best of 2013. After graduating with degrees in Computer Engineering and Computer Science from the University of Michigan, I became a Software Engineer at Microsoft. By day, I helped build SharePoint into the fastest growth product in the company's history. On my personal time, I sought out opportunities to connect my technical skills with community building efforts across the country. This led to my co-founding The SuperSpade: Black Thought at the Highest Level, a leading Black political blog. I served as Social Media Manager for the 2008 Obama campaign in Washington, and then became Director of New Media at the Center for Community Change. I spent two years creating and implementing a strategy for the Center to take it's 40 years of community organizing experience into the digital age. I speak before diverse audiences on effective & responsive government, empowerment in revolutionary new organizing spaces, increasing civic engagement & participation through emerging technologies and protecting civil rights in the age of the Internet. Full bio here.

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