Short answer is….yes it does!
Propaganda has been used extensively by governments and now the media and social media has joined in the brainwashing of the people.
Interesting article that looks at the way propaganda has successfully controlled the minds of the people….
In the 1970s, I met one of Hitler’s leading propagandists, Leni Riefenstahl, whose epic films glorified the Nazis. We happened to be staying at the same lodge in Kenya, where she was on a photography assignment, having escaped the fate of other friends of the Fuhrer. She told me that the ‘patriotic messages’ of her films were dependent not on ‘orders from above’ but on what she called the ‘submissive void’ of the German public.
Did that include the liberal, educated bourgeoisie? I asked. ‘Yes, especially them,’ she said.
I think of this as I look around at the propaganda now consuming Western societies.
Of course, we are very different from Germany in the 1930s. We live in information societies. We are globalists. We have never been more aware, more in touch, better connected.
Are we? Or do we live in a Media Society where brainwashing is insidious and relentless, and perception is filtered according to the needs and lies of state and corporate power?
The United States dominates the Western world’s media. All but one of the top ten media companies are based in North America. The internet and social media – Google, Twitter, Facebook – are mostly American owned and controlled.
In my lifetime, the United States has overthrown or attempted to overthrow more than 50 governments, mostly democracies. It has interfered in democratic elections in 30 countries. It has dropped bombs on the people of 30 countries, most of them poor and defenceless. It has attempted to murder the leaders of 50 countries. It has fought to suppress liberation movements in 20 countries.
The extent and scale of this carnage is largely unreported, unrecognized; and those responsible continue to dominate Anglo-American political life.
In the years before he died in 2008, the playwright Harold Pinter made two extraordinary speeches, which broke a silence.
Silencing the Lambs: How Propaganda Works
I have written about this subject many times and still no one seems to care as long as they can find anything that will confirm that their thoughts are accurate.
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9 thoughts on “Does Propaganda Really Work?”
I think there is no doubt that propaganda works on the majority of the population of any country. You can go back to the First World War, and earlier, to see how newspapers pushed the government line on both sides, stirring up the populace to frantic patriotism and eventual war.
Then just this month we saw how saturation propaganda of the Queen and Royal Family in the UK sought to reestablish that slavish devotion in British people. Look how well that worked!
Best wishes, Pete.
It has been working well…..and social media has made it even easier to convince the weak mind. chuq
Propaganda is a well-recognized tool for effectively implanting thought patterns into target audiences and it works through the submersion of consciously-received data into the subconscious where it remains and continues to work through the synapse-related structures of the cerebrum to enhance and energize all associated messages by a process also known as psycho-cybernetic Association thus firming itself up in the mind of the target as facts that cannot be refuted. Goebbels was a master at using this structured mental enforcement mechanism and he used it well on behalf of Hitler. It is a form of mass hypnosis and can be passed from generation to generation. Hitler knew this and that is why he made such wide use of it because he envisioned his Reich to last for a thousand years. Some of this process requires adjusting the meanings of words throughout the dominant language to mean something other than they originally meant and to incorporate alternative views of commonly accepted facts existing before the propaganda is applied …This is how lies can be redefined as alternate truth. There are many nuances to the various propaganda tools and the Trump outfit was well versed in the use of all of them. That is how they were able to deceive 70 million members of their adoring base. Yes, propaganda does work and is found in all areas of human enterprise including advertising, politics, religion, public education, all academia and wherever there is opportunity for someone to advance agenda or make a profit.
These days it does not need to be sophisticated…..the best lie is one with a grain of truth…..chuq
That is l ike saying that the best chocolate sundae is the one with a spot of manure in it.
LOL thanx I needed that smile today chuq
It is B.B. Bernard’s best humor.
I was taught to question everything, in particular people who either a) claim god is on their side or b) instantly attack anyone who disagrees with them. I teach myself using those rules as well as c) what does someone gain by attempting to change my opinion? Follow the money
I too was taught to look beyond the words….and John is right there is little true debate on line…..just throwing ideas around. chuq