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Norman Davies' five rules of propaganda

Postby Starky » Mon Aug 28, 2017 7:42 am

* The rule of simplification: reducing all data to a simple confrontation between 'Good and Bad', 'Friend and Foe'.

* The rule of disfiguration: discrediting the opposition by crude smears and parodies.

* The rule of transfusion: manipulating the consensus values of the target audience for one's own ends.

* The rule of unanimity: presenting one's viewpoint as if it were the unanimous opinion of all right-thinking people: draining the doubting individual into agreement by the appeal of star-performers, by social pressure, and by 'psychological contagion'.

* The rule of orchestration: endlessly repeating the same messages in different variations and combinations.

Apply these to a lot of political debate past and present and you get pretty depressing results. What's the 'point' here, I don't know, discuss maybe whether we'd add or remove anything.
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