In simplistic terms, propagating an individual’s views in a deliberate manner through communication channels is known as propaganda. However, when distributing fraudulent content with the purpose of presenting misleading or false information, it falls under fake news categorization.
Communicating efficiently with large groups/societies requires an understanding of filtering trustworthy sources from dangerous or doubtful material; assessing reports objectively; countering facts and maintaining unbiased standards. During times of conflict the spread of fake news and propaganda can be used as tactics to manipulate perceptions against enemies, as we have seen on a global level throughout history.
Activity: Let’s try to figure this out together. Take a look at these posters and write down everything you think they transmit. What do you think was the purpose behind them?
Here’s what they really wanted to transmit:
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