Propaganda And The Word Propaganda Essay

1289 Words Nov 8th, 2016 6 Pages
The word propaganda means information, especially of a biased or misleading nature, used to promote or publicize a particular political cause or point of view. The word was first used by Pope Gregory XV around 1620 when he established the Sacred Congregation for Propagating the Faith (A Brief History…); however, the idea of propaganda is as old as time. Today, just like in the 17th century the word propaganda was used to influence people’s attitudes, beliefs, and behaviors (Bruck and Manzaria). Propaganda is used to promote one way of thinking over another, whether that be through the truth, the twisting of the truth or rumors and lies.
Propaganda was first spread through ballads which were beguiling and whimsical poems or songs dating back well before the 17th century (Vannan 347). In 1936 Edward Filene helped establish the Institute for Propaganda Analysis (IPA) in the United States of America which attempted to educate Americans on how to recognize and analyze propaganda. The IPA was short lived; however, through the IPA we got a list of seven propaganda methods and this list became the standard for defining propaganda technics. This list includes; “Bandwagon: Pump up the value of ‘joining the party,’ Card-stacking: Build a highly-biased case for your position, Glittering Generalities: Use power words to evoke emotions, Name-calling: Denigrating opponents, Plain Folks: Making the leader seem ordinary increases trust and credibility, Testimonial: The testimony of an…

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