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pro·pa·gan·da Listen to the pronunciation of propaganda
\ˌprä-pə-ˈgan-də, ˌprō-\
New Latin, from Congregatio de propaganda fide Congregation for propagating the faith, organization established by Pope Gregory XV died 1623
1capitalized : a congregation of the Roman curia having jurisdiction over missionary territories and related institutions
2: the spreading of ideas, information, or rumor for the purpose of helping or injuring an institution, a cause, or a person
3: ideas, facts, or allegations spread deliberately to further one’s cause or to damage an opposing cause; also : a public action having such an effect
The Propagandist of an Organization (or as the more P.C. among us might call it the “Press Relations man” or for the Truly P.C. the Press Relations Person.) is extremely important. The Reason for this is because if you don’t have a good propagandist then your cause dies. The Responsibility of the propagandist is not only to bring new members into an organization but also to keep the members it has in the organization.
Now I already hear the objection “But Cane…”(Here I interrupt) “Citizen Cane” I correct. “But Citizen Cane don’t you know Propaganda is bad the Nazi’s used it”. Here I will admit the Nazi’s did use it, and so did the British the Irish the Americans and everyone else who ever lived. In fact your very objection is a form of Propaganda it is an attempt to influence my thought in such a way that I stop using the term propaganda. the origin of the word “to Propagate” which literally means to have children or to have offspring (Pro pangere). There are many different ways to have offspring, there is of course the classic method of procreation however we are not limited to such primal means. I have and create many children of thought, sometimes I do this deliberately sometimes this is done through common and constant contact. But no matter how it begins it always begins the same way, that is it begins with one person listening to what I have to say and then internalizing it.
I will here confess that it normally begins with someone pinning me as “out of his mind”, but this tends to be due to the rather old nature of my thinking. (Lament: aw the days when continuity of thought was once common) all propaganda is spread the same way and it is made effective or ineffective by the same things be it economical, patriotic, socio-political, or religious. You have the age old tried and true method of coercion. Now the only problem with this is well… its not a true converting so it does little to no good with the exception of keeping civil order… not only that but it tends to be rather messy and usually the leaders normally end up beheaded or shot.
Then you have brainwashing. Now brainwashing is a rather sticky matter not for the least of which reasons is it is nearly impossible to define, to live is to be brainwashed into this camp or that. So for simplicities sake I will give two workable definitions the first is the most accurate “Brainwashing is that activity which uses propaganda to influences others to think in a way which I(insert yourself) do not like”. The second I think is more practical “Brainwashing is that activity which is done by another to cause or attempt to cause someone to do something which left alone they would find immoral or destructive in a negative way”.
A third (but not only other option) is through the use of rhetoric, as well as clearly defined and strong arguments. This is not only the most effective but it grants the disciple the power of freewill. Here the point is not to coerce but rather to present multiple options and then give various proofs and rebuttals for or against this position or that. The Art or rhetoric having been lost toward the middle part of the last century (with the last great rhetorician being Ronald Regan [if you liked him or not]) recovering this way of thinking and arguing is not easy. The arguments of today are based much more on emotion not logic “I feel” “In side” “emotionally”, these are the terms we use instead of “I think” or “I know”.
Here are some rules and tips on how to be a good Propagandist.
1) know your opponents arguments. You should Know their argument better than they do and you should know it so well that you can anticipate what they are going to say next. on OCCASION to let them know that you are not just trying to over power them with your own though and beliefs present there next stage in the argument to them. so for example some minutes into the debate you know are really making head way but they are not listening to you they are just arguing. Take advantage of the situation by saying something like “Your next argument is going to XYZ” and now that you have shocked the day lights out of them and have their attention go “and this is where XYZ is lacking ABC”
2) Know your own side. there is nothing more annoying than to be in a debate with someone who does not know what they believe or who cannot express their own beliefs. Now the first few times you might not be that good at articulating your position don’t let this scare you it takes experience to learn. So here is the best hint I can give you; find a friend or a like minded individual to practice with. argue both sides. When I began I would find someone who held my position (say Pro-Life) and began to debate with them (I would not let them know I was Pro-Life or they would not present the best case they could). during the conversations I would make mental notes as to where I could strengthen my Pro-choice arguments and where I could strengthen my Pro-Life arguments, as well as noting what tips I should give my opponent when the conversation was done so they could improve their argument(Help a friend).
3) Know more than the other guy. Now this you have to be careful with because it depends on your opponent as to how you want to play this if your opponent is more gentle overpowering them with a hammer is not going to help you. But if they are more stubborn you wont really get anywhere anyway because they have already determined that they are right and you are wrong. Remember though that sometimes it is not as important that you win individual conflicts with individuals. For example if I am in a debate with someone who is not listening sometimes I will continue the debate for the benefit of those who are hearing us. By reducing their arguments to rubble and they continuing to hold this position is just goes to show exactly how insane an untenable their position really is.(If you can save the one save the one if you can save the one save him but sometimes Simon Magus will not convert and it is the crowd you save)
4) Know when to cut your losses, and know when to admit your wrong. Sometimes admitting defeat only makes your position (not your argument stronger). If you did a poor job defending your position say so openly and promise to do better next time. Take mental
notes and read read read.
5) Most important is number 5 on the list. Pray and pray often. what does it profit me if I convert the world and am lost?

~ by Citizen Cane on February 5, 2008.

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