How Propaganda Works to Divide Us

Hoggan, James
http://www.desmog.ca/2017/04/26/how-propaganda-works-divide-us

Publisher:  Desmog Canada
Date Written:  26/04/2017
Year Published:  2017  
Resource Type:  Article
Cx Number:  CX20660

Political propaganda employs the ideals of liberal democracy to undermine those very ideals, the dangers of which, not even its architects fully understand.

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In the early years of DeSmog's research into anti science propaganda, I thought of energy industry PR campaigns such as "junk science," "clean coal," and "ethical oil" as misinformation strategies designed to dupe the public.

Although that's obviously true, I now understand that propaganda is far more complex and problematic than merely lying about the evidence. Certainly propaganda is designed to deceive, but not in a way you might think. What's more, the consequences are far worse than most people who produce and consume it realize.

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