Wikipedia defines Propaganda broadly as "a form of communication aimed towards influencing the attitude of a population toward some cause or position." By this definition, almost all forms of communication that is used to persuade could be classified as Propaganda. 

Propaganda has a negative connotation; some wish to differentiate Propaganda from other forms of persuasion by adding that Propaganda uses biased information to influence its audience. But information could be true and still be considered Propaganda. Could impartial information be a form of Propaganda? Some individuals who were involved in Propaganda during war time went on to successful careers as advertisers in peace time. Some see similar patterns between Propaganda and advertising. They both try to influence the attitudes of a population. Advertising is rarely impartial. So is advertising Propaganda?

* How is Propaganda different from other forms of communication? * What is the relationship between truth and propaganda?
* Is Propaganda ethical?
* Is advertising Propaganda?
* How is advertising similar and different from propaganda?
* Is advertising ethical?

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  • Alina

    Great discussions! Thank you Olaf for organizing this meeting

    2 · April 16, 2014

  • Bob M.

    Another great meeting.

    1 · April 14, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    My car's not starting... I'll have to pass.

    April 13, 2014

  • Ricardo G.

    Hey guys I'm new. And I guess I'm on a wait list? Is that to join the group or to come to this propaganda discussion? Anybody know?

    April 13, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Hi Ricardo, waitlists are for events. It means there aren't enough seats at this event for you, but that if some people who were confirmed to attend back out before the event, the organizer can go to the waitlist and change your status from "waiting" to "attending". If you have the notifications set up that way, you'll then get a notification from that you're now able to attend. That's my understanding of how it works.

      April 13, 2014

    • Stephen

      Thanks for answering, James. That sounds right to me, except that the organizer doesn't have to manually change anyone's status (this may be a setting that varies from one group to another). In events I've organized, I've never modified anyone's status; I assume that handles these things automatically.

      April 13, 2014

  • Larissa K.

    It's to come to this discussion.

    April 13, 2014

  • Angelica N.

    I am currently taking a MOOC through Coursera on Practical Ethics with professor Peter Singer from Princeton University:

    April 6, 2014

    • Bob M.

      I'm going to look into the courses. It's so amazing that you can take courses online from some of the best professors in the world. True luxury for a learning geek!

      1 · April 6, 2014

    • Angelica N.

      I know: I am a geek myself! You can always sign-up to take a look at the course and see if you'd be interested in taking it for real the next time it is presented - which can be a few months wait! Enjoy! :D

      April 6, 2014

  • Angelica N.

    Here's an interesting video from North Korea on the subject of propaganda:

    1 · April 4, 2014

    • Angelica N.

      And those were the parts I was just watching, actually - hence the reference to them in particular!

      April 4, 2014

    • Bob M.

      I played the video at work. The parts that I found mildly humorous elicited rage in the other people listening. I think that added to my enjoyment. (Does that make me a bad person in the Glorious Leaders eyes?)

      1 · April 5, 2014

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