Term of Art: Propaganda

“Propaganda (noun): Information, doctrine, ideas, or rumors spread to promote or discredit a cause, institution, or person, especially systematic political persuasion; self-serving or proselytizing material. Adjective: propagandist, propagandistic; adverb: propagandistically; noun: propagandism, propagandist; verb: propagandize.

‘Each end of the political spectrum has, I suppose, its own favorite style of propaganda. The Right tends to prefer gross, straightforward sentimentality. The Left, a sort of surface intellectualizing.'”

Neil Postman, Crazy Talk, Stupid Talk.

Excerpted from: Grambs, David. The Random House Dictionary for Writers and Readers. New York: Random House, 1990.

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