Category Archives: propaganda

Casting Light on the Dark Side of Politics

How to Create Doubt Tonight marks the final formal debate between the two presidential candidates and I’m asking my students to consider the question: How do we create doubt? When you listen to the debate and hear arguments about “truths,” … Continue reading

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High gloss won’t restore the sheen on the warty toad

POLITICAL NEWS: Part 3 (Earlier this week I wrote that the comb-over candidate’s spinmeisters are redoubling their efforts to curb the candidate’s runaway tongue by having him stick to a carefully scripted playbook. Today’s New York Times confirms the prediction. … Continue reading

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POLITICAL NEWS: Part 2 of 3

Lipstick on a pig? A toad?  (My last blog, Stuck on the Tar Baby, takes a look at what it means in the worlds of journalism and public-relations to frame $2 billion in “free” press coverage in today’s presidential campaign. … Continue reading

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Playing the Woman Card

Don’t look now: media are priming us. Priming in the same sense that you prime a pump by activating the flow of water. When you want to extract water from a well, you first need to “prime the pump” by … Continue reading

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What is courage?

Today’s news made me wonder: how do you define courage? I heard a report that one of the US presidential candidates was “strong” and “courageous” after taking on the gun lobby No doubt it takes guts to get behind sanctions … Continue reading

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Advertising’s Ubiquity

The word of the day in our propaganda class is ubiquity. Advertising, we learned, is ubiquitous. Borrowed from the Latin, by way of the French, ubique refers to “everywhere.” Students understand advertising completely, offering examples from the logos on football … Continue reading

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Oscar’s Platform for Politics  

  DiCaprio’s Plea for Indigenous Acknowledgement Gets Buried Leonardo DiCaprio’s acceptance speech for Best Actor at Sunday’s Academy Awards ceremony turned into a Rorschach test for viewers: you heard what you wanted to hear. After thanking The Revenant team, DiCaprio … Continue reading

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