How Propaganda Works to Divide Us

Hoggan, James

Publisher:  Desmog Canada
Date Written:  26/04/2017
Year Published:  2017  
Resource Type:  Article
Cx Number:  CX20660

Political propaganda employs the ideals of liberal democracy to undermine those very ideals, the dangers of which, not even its architects fully understand.



In the early years of DeSmog's research into anti science propaganda, I thought of energy industry PR campaigns such as "junk science," "clean coal," and "ethical oil" as misinformation strategies designed to dupe the public.

Although that's obviously true, I now understand that propaganda is far more complex and problematic than merely lying about the evidence. Certainly propaganda is designed to deceive, but not in a way you might think. What's more, the consequences are far worse than most people who produce and consume it realize.

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