posted on Apr, 5 2016 @ 05:46 AM
OK, I start straight away with saying this isn't written by me and nor can link to the source dues to ATS T&C's. IT came from a pro-drug forum
which might raise some concerns for some members.
What stands out to me is there are quite a few different techniques, some of these I witness happening everywhere in all facets of our lives often in
combination with other techniques mentioned.
If its a repost then please accept my apologies and delete mods.
I hope that some of more learned members might contribute and perhaps if anyone else is aware of techniques I have not mentioned then please chime
The Most Successful Propaganda Techniques
A list of the most common, and successful, propaganda techniques currently in use. If you spend any time at all consuming mass media, you will find
these techniques familiar.
# 1. Guilt By Association: This is used to damage someone's reputation by associating them with an unattractive person or organization. It doesn't
matter if there is an actual association or not.
# 2. Backstroke: Systematically belittling the goals of the subject of the article as the goals are being listed. For every step forward for the
subject, the propagandist pulls the reader back.
Example: This year the political party's stated goal is to give the rally a warm atmosphere. We walked into the cave-like coliseum as the
preparations for the rally were taking place. "We're trying to create a family atmosphere" said one representative of the party as he squinted into
the harsh lights. "There are the children's rides" he said happily pointing to where union workmen smashed open wooden crates with iron
# 3. Misinformation: This is a subtle technique, it involves reporting information in such a way that the final message of the story is not true,
it's what the propagandist wants you to believe.
# 4. Over Humanization: It is a perfectly valid technique to tell a story by focusing on the real people who the story impacts. However, this is also
an easy technique for manipulation when a propagandist tries to mask an issue by making anyone who has a valid disagreement look evil due to all the
human suffering talked about in the story.
# 5. Name Calling: This is officially the oldest trick in the book. It is cheap and easy.
# 6. He Said, She Said: This is a technique whereby the author can say something they know isn't true, or isn't fair, but they want to say it
anyway. Example: Project USA is a group which claims to support reasonable levels of immigration. They've put up billboards with Department of
Statistics information which states that the US population will double within 50 years. The billboards have pictures of children of different races
with the words "The population of the US will double within this child's lifetime. Stop it congress". Some people say this is hate speech. Note: a
statistic (the fact that the US population will double at current levels of immigration) cannot be hateful. This is just a numerical fact, like saying
water freezes at 32 degrees Fahrenheit. The author knows this is an unfair statement, but wants to say it anyway. That's why she says "some people
say", rather than "I say".
# 7. Unproven "Facts" This is when a (usually immature) "writer" is frantically trying to "prove" a position and they begin to quote
"studies", "reports", and "experts" as "proving" this or that, but they never mention the study's name, location, where copies can be found,
or the conditions specific to the experiments. Example: Recent studies show that the media is right 99% of the time. Also, an expert from the
University of Happiness was quoted as saying "People in the media work harder than anyone who thinks they have a real job".
# 8. Lying Sometimes complete lies are told. Example: An author in Arizona writes a report which states that the reason that a local mayor decided not
to use the police to enforce immigration law was because protests by a certain ethnic group scared him away from it. In actual fact, as stated by the
mayor himself, the reason the police weren't used was because no training program had been set up between the police and the INS. Any person who was
a member of said ethnic group would gain from a report like this because, if people begin to hear that "that group is really aggressive and
authorities do what they say" then the power of that group is enhanced, and everyone reading the "news" will begin thinking they should always let
that group have what it wants. The fact that our police need special permission to enforce some laws and not others is a topic for another discussion.
# 9. Telling the Truth, For a While To throw people off the track, biased news services will give good accurate reporting for a while, usually when it
no longer matters, then they will stick it to you the next time your guard is down. The best way to recognize this technique is to simply remember who
the biggest transgressors are. You must understand that if someone lies or tries to manipulate a story once, they will do so again. They will never be
non-biased. They will, however, say something fair from time to time. This is due to the fact that if they were biased every time they spoke, they
would soon run out of credibility. Do not trust them twice. Would you buy a car from someone who cheated you on a previous purchase just because they
say something you want to hear later?
# 10. Not Talking at all about Something Of course the biggest recent example of this are the Moslem riots in France. The fact that the rioters were
still burning more than one hundred cars EACH NIGHT was suppressed and avoided, rather we were fed the line that the riots were over. The media went
days and days not reporting on the riots which were revealing the complete failure of French social, economic, and immigration policy. However,
France, being a socialist country, is favored by the socialist media, so the country's failings were not reported. When you're aware of a major
issue underway, but see no coverage on it, then you can be sure the media is against the ideas which discussing that topic would raise.
# 11. Subtle Inaccuracies/Dismissive Tone Misstating a topic, often a serious one, and pretending any objecting or concerned view is silly,
unrealistic, or just not necessary, you should be aware that in all probability the author doesn't fail to understand the seriousness of the issue,
rather they may be trying to further an opposing agenda.
# 12. A One One Punch pretending to represent two sides, but one side gets a couple of great lines , the other side gets a lame line.
# 13. Volume This is related to Coordination, it is merely a deluge of the same story line everywhere, until it becomes dominant, and the media's
view of it becomes the dominant view, If you pick a topic with a strong liberal attraction, you will often find that all the "news" stories about a
given current event seem to draw a similar conclusion about it.
# 14. Coordination This occurs when a number of like minded journalists all report the same angle at about the same time. This really doesn't require
a conspiracy, there are so few "journalists", and they can easily see what their buddies' takes are on issues, then parrot the same line.