Thursday, November 10, 2005

A n00bs guide to propERganda

prop·a·gan·da (prp-gnd) - The systematic propagation of a doctrine or cause or of information reflecting the views and interests of those advocating such a doctrine or cause.

Propaganda is the pushing forward of a cause or a belief. When the media is advertising a product, pushing you into buying it, it is clear and straight-forward propaganda. The thing is though, there is good and bad propaganda. Because of school, some seem to have a idea that all propaganda is bad. Not true. Propaganda doesn't force us to buy something directly. It just encourages it.

Bad propaganda: pursuing teens to buy gang-related bandanas, and other such products, ie - rap videos

Good propaganda: pursuing teens to healthy, and so on, ie - health class

November 11th Remembrancence day in good ol' Canada. Before it, there are poppies everywhere. School, cafe's you can get one at any corner. They promote respect towards veterans, and the horrors of war. Propaganda? Dictionary says yes, what says you?


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