Propaganda is the organization, the message, or means of communication that is designed to persuade people to take a position or to question accepted thinking. Propaganda often uses incorrect information and hides the source of the information. It is known as a type of political warfare. Rather than attacking an enemy with military force-like weapons, propaganda uses deceptive communication. It is cheaper and physically safer than using military weapons. Propaganda uses a range of techniques. “Fake news” is one technique, but propaganda is more than fake news.

This entry examines the meaning of propaganda, its origins, messages, and means and methods. It also examines specific types of propaganda and the relationship between propaganda and misinformation. Finally, this entry examines the use of propaganda in wars and ...

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