Your Handy Dandy Guide to Propaganda

Americans are fairly naive when it comes to propaganda. Oh, we know that advertisers employ techniques that make us want or even “need” certain products, and many of us recognize the moves that politicians use to gain our support, but when matched up against the Russian propaganda machine we are дети. Babies.

As Americans, we don’t like to admit that we aren’t number one in every category, even though we never really were, despite popular myths to the contrary. That doesn’t mean we aren’t still a great nation, it just means that the world has many bright spots. Thank goodness!

In the arena of generating political propaganda we lag far behind Russia and always have. I have to think that’s why we are so susceptible to it, as well. We have to become better informed.

I’m no militant. I’m a 61-year-old grandmother who does not want to see the country she loves fall under the spell of soulless oligarchs. Don’t fall for the “bandwagon” techniques being promulgated by the Russian-backed #WalkAway campaign. Don’t be a tool.

Here’s a handy guide to propaganda techniques. I learned about these in a high school English class, and I thought everyone knew about them. Apparently not.

https://marketingwit.com/types-of-propaganda-techniques

Peace, people, and don’t be swayed by propaganda.

Imprisoned

his prison had no walls,
no guards, no bars.
no warden ever surveyed
the non-existent cells.

yet he cowered there in
a corner of society’s
design; backed up against
the lies he’d been sold.

afraid to venture out
unarmed. emasculated
by manufactured fears
he sprayed his own poison.

propaganda kept him warm,
that and the butt of his
forty-five. he could spew
the paranoia in his sleep.

in his prison he dwells
shackled and hobbled
hoping today he might
justify pulling a trigger.

  
I am beyond weary of being told after every mass shooting in our country that it’s not the right time to address common sense gun regulation. We’ve waited long enough. It’s time. It’s been time for decades.