There is still a propaganda behind what is happening

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There is still a propaganda behind what is happening and a bias directed toward seeking a particular action. Government Action Plans Government engages with its citizens by telling people what they want in terms of what they are doing Example: putting up billboards for different projects in the area in order to inform people of the different projects happening in the area or taxes or even jobs available in the area and that the public is benefitting from the government’s decision in these projects. However, this decision is being publicly claimed on purpose. 29
Government Action Plans - Four Years Later Ellul’s main point in regards to government: “the point is to make the masses demand of the government what the government has already decided to do. If it follows this procedure, the government can no longer be called authoritarian, because the will of the people demands what is being done. Ellul. I go on to say that in this instance that, “the larger issue is that the government intervention becomes ‘personal’ an ‘in my neighborhood’ type of message.” Ads on action plans are apparently becoming annoying to the public - it becomes a background noise to which no one pays attention to anymore - difference between propaganda as repetition and propaganda that has outlived utility Countdown Canada Countdown Canada was a television show put in place to show Canadians how parts of their country were becoming Americanized The point of the show was to scare Canadians into thinking and becoming more aware of the issue and to actually do something about it Home Away from Home Propaganda can serve to give comfort o Propaganda can also be used as a way to comfort people and show them support - for example, German propaganda messages aimed at showing their support for the armed forces and letting them know that they “were always welcome back home” Propaganda’s Give and Take There is a psychological effect of propaganda in which there is an appearance of the need for propaganda The more propaganda there is, the more the public wants it - same is true for advertising Ellul makes reference to it being the fact that we feel the need to participate in something that everyone is participating in Lesson 12: Task Kwame Nkrumah Clarity and Mobilization o What is important to Kwame’s view is what everything leads to: MOBILIZATION. People are mobilized for the action as desired by the propagandist. It can also be the end result of modern war or anti-war propaganda, each which mobilizes people to support a war or oppose it, respectively. Clarity and Denounce 30
o The key to mobilization-to-action are Kwame’s two constants: clarifying and denouncing. It is these two constants which distinguish propaganda from persuasion, advertising and marketing o In propaganda, denunciation is far more overpowering and overwhelming for the target audience of propaganda. Clarifying, as we saw earlier, is a euphemism for simplying. Simplification of complex issues plays a prominent role in

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