Propaganda (Political Science)

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  • A press campaign, usually sponsored by a military or government agency, to invoke emotional responses from its audience in order to influence and persuade mass numbers. It is a pejorative term and is often associated with negativity, deceit, and distortion. The word propaganda was originally a neutral term, derived from the Latin, meaning “to propagate” or “to sow.” Current usage extends back to 1622, when Pope Gregory XV instituted the Office of the Propagation of the Faith (Congretio de propaganda fide) to supervise missionaries sent to the New World to stop the spread of Protestantism. It was not until World War I that the term began to be used in the English language. During the war, both the Allied and the Axis powers used mass ...

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