“A lie gets halfway around the world before the truth has a chance to get its pants on.” –Winston Churchill
A comprehension on a satisfactory level of the functions and mechanisms of propaganda makes you a better citizen.
I always believed that propaganda should be taught in high-schools. If I was to defy this term I’d simply say that it’s to disseminate a message to people through different mediums, for a specific aim/ purpose.
Actually there shouldn’t be any negative connotation to this noun. It’s the use of it that can be characterized as positive or negative. Propaganda evolved into a real ‘science’ during the 20th century. The word itself takes us back to the 17th century and the origin of the term, when Pope Gregory XV founded a department charged with the spread of “the Faith”, the famous Congregatio de Propaganda Fide.
In the 20th century two names that perfected the methods and use of propaganda, easily stand out: the great Vladimir Lenin and his most successful “disciple”, Dr. Joseph Goebbels. Yes, they used their talents to create and support totalitarian regimes! And that’s then another reason why we must study Propaganda…. Most techniques and methods still used today were created or re-defined by those two masterminds of politics.
Check out how Britain declared war on Japan. It’s the official text as dictated by W.Churchill himself. So classy! As Winston later stated:
“Some people did not like this ceremonial style. But after all when you have to kill a man it costs nothing to be polite.”
I repeat, this is the original text and nothing was added or altered…
On the evening of December 7th His Majesty’s Government in the United Kingdom learned that Japanese forces without previous warning either in the form of a declaration of war or of an ultimatum with a conditional declaration of war had attempted a landing on the coast of Malaya and bombed Singapore and Hong Kong.
In view of these wanton acts of unprovoked aggression committed in flagrant violation of International Law and particularly of Article I of the Third Hague Convention relative to the opening of hostilities, to which both Japan and the United Kingdom are parties, His Majesty’s Ambassador at Tokyo has been instructed to inform the Imperial Japanese Government in the name of His Majesty’s Government in the United Kingdom that a state of war exists between our two countries.
I have the honour to be, with high consideration,
Your obedient servant,
Winston S. Churchill