Essential for Citizens: Propaganda Literacy

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painting-propaganda-1942Tetsuo Arima Professor, Faculty of Social Sciences, Waseda University

society_160905_01Tetsuo Arima writes: In Washington D.C., the capital of the United States, there is an attraction called the “Duck Tour.” It takes tourists on an amphibious vehicle to tourist spots on both sides of the Potomac River. As the vehicle nears the State Department building, the tour guide gives tourists a quiz. “Over there is the Voice of America, a network which broadcasts around the world. What is the only country that is not covered by this network?” When I participated in this tour, I was the first to raise my hand and answer, “America.” The tour guide made a sour face.

The U.S. government does not engage in propaganda toward Americans. Since the people choose representatives to form a government by democratic elections, the government should not lead its people to make wrong decisions by spreading propaganda. This is a…

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One thought on “Essential for Citizens: Propaganda Literacy

  1. disturbeddeputy 10/02/2016 / 11:29 AM

    A great reference to identify the false logic used in propaganda is the book ‘The Fallacy Detective’ by the Bluedorn brothers. This book is an easy-to-understand primer on classical logic.

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