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Month: December 2015

Cherry Picking #Socialmedia #Propaganda

Cherry Picking #Socialmedia #Propaganda

TL;DR Summary: Example of a simple to understand poster that is out of date and misleading but lives on forever on the Internet! The post is from 2014 but was still being shared in 2015 and 2016. The $15 a month figure is the minimum payment if you are making too much money to qualify for more assistance. State governors largely reversed the changes. The issue has nothing to do with taxing the wealthy and the U.S. still has a future…

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Cherry Picking

Cherry Picking

TL;DR Summary: Example of a simple to understand poster that is out of date and misleading but lives on forever on the Internet! The post is from 2014 but was still being shared in 2015 and 2016. The $15 a month figure is the minimum payment if you are making too much money to qualify for more assistance. State governors largely reversed the changes. The issue has nothing to do with taxing the wealthy and the U.S. still has a future…

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Misquoted numbers give aura of authenticity to social media poster

Misquoted numbers give aura of authenticity to social media poster

TL;DR Summary: The numbers are wrong, but numbers give propaganda an aura of authenticity! This poster, like so many, is out of date, but lives on years later. The issue the poster attacks is moot – a law to address the issue was passed in 2012! This poster was shared into my newsfeed on Facebook.  

Kafkatrapping, a logical fallacy used frequently in arguments

Kafkatrapping, a logical fallacy used frequently in arguments

TL;DR Summary: Kafkatrapping[1] is an argumentative form used frequently in propaganda messaging to convince you of someone’s agenda. If you have seen the movie, Monty Python’s The Holy Grail, you may remember that “only a witch would deny she is a witch”.  That’s kafkatrapping! A denial is confirmation! There is no possible defense to the accusation. The argument is framed in a way that to deny the argument is admit that you are guilty!

Poles march against Muslims? #Socialmedia #Propaganda

Poles march against Muslims? #Socialmedia #Propaganda

TL;DR Summary: A widely shared poster makes exaggerated and false claims to rile the emotions of the message target. The claims are false. But the assertion encourages everyone else to “get on the bandwagon!” and join us! Claim: Hundreds of thousands of Poles are protesting against a “Muslim invasion”, the largest protest in Poland’s history, and the media never covered the event. Method: Assertion, exaggeration, get-on-the-bandwagon What Actually Happened

Poles march against Muslims?

Poles march against Muslims?

TL;DR Summary: A widely shared poster makes exaggerated and false claims to rile the emotions of the message target. The claims are false. But the assertion encourages everyone else to “get on the bandwagon!” and join us! Claim: Hundreds of thousands of Poles are protesting against a “Muslim invasion”, the largest protest in Poland’s history, and the media never covered the event. Method: Assertion, exaggeration, get-on-the-bandwagon What Actually Happened

Scaring us to death #OccupyPropaganda

Scaring us to death #OccupyPropaganda

TL;DR Summary: HOW IT WORKS – Fear is a powerful motivator and is frequently used by the propagandist. Fear of terrorists, fear of burglars, fear of loss of health, fear of growing old. Fear works in part, because we have a natural inability to understand risk and uncertainty. A scary item, with an extremely low likelihood of occurring often results in panicked and disproportionate responses. I have been reading “False Alarm” by Marc Siegel, M.D. He reminds us of the “scares”…

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Scaring us to death

Scaring us to death

TL;DR Summary: HOW IT WORKS – Fear is a powerful motivator and is frequently used by the propagandist. Fear of terrorists, fear of burglars, fear of loss of health, fear of growing old. Fear works in part, because we have a natural inability to understand risk and uncertainty. A scary item, with an extremely low likelihood of occurring often results in panicked and disproportionate responses. I have been reading “False Alarm” by Marc Siegel, M.D. He reminds us of the “scares”…

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