Propaganda is information that people put out that is biased or that isn’t true. It’s usually used to try to change the opinion of people on a certain subject. It’s used by anyone from celebrities to politicians. You can see propaganda everywhere in a lot of cities worldwide.
Propaganda is everywhere all the time. You can go online to a site like Facebook, and you probably have friends right now that are sharing it. Or, you can just look to what is trending and that’s what you’ll find a lot of the time. The reason it’s so prevalent is because it’s easy to get people to click something if you have a catchy headline whether that headline is true or not. Sometimes, you’ll think a story is about one thing but when you read it you realize that it was all made to get you to check their website out and nothing more.
Why would the various popular main stream media outlets want to use propaganda to get their points across? Well, because a lot of people expect these sources to do their research. While a main stream media source usually does a lot of work to create and prepare a story, they are not always giving you the full truth. What you get is a story presented in a way that people that like that news source expect. It’s not about presenting the facts as they are, it’s about spinning the facts so that they make one side of an issue more appealing.
Some people think that propaganda is only what the other side puts out and they don’t realize that a lot of what they believe is due to propaganda from their own side. For instance, a Democrat may talk about an issue like immigration using buzz words they heard on a news channel to argue a point that really has nothing to do with what they are talking about. Or, a Republican can be talked to about the same subject and can miss the point too because they followed a different piece of propaganda about the same issue.
You now know what propaganda is and how to spot it. If you don’t research what you are looking into online or anywhere, you may be trusting propaganda. It’s easy to not realize that’s the case because of how good people have gotten at hiding it from people.