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How to Be a Propagandist
How to Analyze Propaganda
209 pages; 20 chapters
How to Be a Propagandist is an e-book that is designed to make propaganda easy
to learn. In fact, How to Be a Propagandist describes every step of the propaganda
process from idea conceptualization to its dissemination. It also explains how to
recognize and analyze other people’s propaganda. Modern America is culturally
influenced and strictly controlled by the US media to an extent greater than other
nations in the world, including Islamic and communist police states. How to Be a
Propagandist explains how American advertising and media gained control in
America, as they went from selling products to selling ideology. How to Be a
Propagandist is the first of a series of Quikmaneuvers.com’s e-books on the subject of
public indoctrination and control by the media, and how to deal with it.
“Two different but related environments -- 'the physical and the symbolic -- surround every human being. The physical
environment is the real world in which he lives. His contact with this environment is limited to direct experience or what he
feels, sees, tastes, smells, and hears. The symbolic environment consists of what he experiences through communication
-- by such means as words, gestures, pictures, music, etc.-- with other people. Communication of this sort, of course,
provides him with a means of learning much more about the real world than he could possibly experience himself. What
information he receives, however, may or may not reflect the real world truthfully.
A propagandist, as we have said before, seeks to influence people in a way which will help accomplish a particular
objective. To be successful, he must either change or reinforce some of their attitudes. Basically, he can approach the job
in two ways. First of all, he can manipulate the physical environment; that is, he can cause things to happen to people
which will produce, or at least tend to produce, the effect he wants. Suppose, for example, that he wants to convince
villagers that the soldiers of the central government, and not the members of a guerrilla movement, are their true friends.
He might have the soldiers help the villagers construct roads, drill wells, or do other jobs which the villagers want done.
This manipulation of the physical environment we call propaganda of the deed, and we shall devote an entire lesson to it
Secondly, a propagandist can manipulate the symbolic environment; in other words, he can try to cause people to
perceive situations or events in ways which will serve his purpose. For example, he may try to persuade the civilian
population of a surrounded city that the forces which are about to enter the city come as liberators and not as
conquerors, or he may try to convince civilians in the enemy homeland that a major military defeat which has just occurred
outside the borders of their country spells certain doom for their cause. (Notice that the people he is trying to influence
may or may not be directly involved in the events or situations.) We call this manipulation of the symbolic environment
"propaganda of the word." It will be our primary concern in this e-book."
Excerpt from How to Be a Propagandist
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