posted on Aug, 28 2009 @ 02:07 AM
Good, solid information. Well done.
I would suggest, however, that what you are describing isn't *just* propaganda, but are many of the logical fallacies used by others during any sort
of debate or argument. Sometimes the misuse of logic is deliberate, as in propaganda; other times, it is accidental, someone not realizing they're
lapsing into a fallacy.
The reason I mention this is because you'll run into exactly the same fallacies when discussing something right here on ATS. Someone will often
resort - knowingly or unknowingly - to one or more of those fallacies. Often I see, for example, the "Black or White" fallacy, which usuaully
translates into "Believer or Skeptic". Some folks say you must be one or the other, and leave no room for people who are somewhere in the middle -
undecided, open-minded, doubtful, etc.
I think many of us would benefit from a study of the points you made, the errors that lead us astray. There used to be a subject in colleges called
"rhetoric", in which people did exactly this. They learned the rules of logic and the logical fallacies, then applied them in debates. The whole
point of this was to teach people to recognize the tricks others may play when trying to prove their points, and how to avoid those tricks.
Unfortunately, we don't learn this stuff today,so many of us can be misled by people who know how to twist logic around. We may know there's
something wrong with the reasoning, but often we can't quite put our finger on it.
But your list does much to help people start figuring out exactly where someone has tried to confuse them. Good work, and thanks.