I was just reading yet another propaganda piece from a mainstream US news outlet.
The way the word “reportedly” gets tossed about is amazing. Translation: it means a crock is coming up, much like using “some people say.”
The start of the article presented fantasy maybes. Within a few sentences, it was all hard fact.
Propaganda analysis is one of my bags. It’s puzzle solving. I like the challenge. I started with it in elementary school and never stopped.
Some of big elaborate lies come from from people who have books or movies to promote. Some have so much “documentation” that you could never check a fraction of it, so you check none of it. Part of that is to frustrate your response.
I used to get comments packed with links on a blog I had years ago. The implication was “check all these links before you respond to me.”
I called it “wheel spinning” the user. Assign a huge research project to the reader to thwart replies. Much of it was copy/paste that the person kept on hand ready to go, so it often didn’t make much sense.
I smile when some blank-profile keyboard warrior “word salads” an issue to lend credibility and appear to be intellectual.
It adds to the fun of sifting through the 5h1t. I’ve been a student of propaganda most of my life. I like it.
I enjoy dissecting and paying attention to advertising to see if I can spot the manipulation involved, also to see if there is a surprise or special creativity to it, and finally just to ridicule it sometimes.
Mitsubishi has one on that I can make fun of.
Ad: “Don’t you want to test drive a Mitsubishi?”
At least Mitsubishi doesn’t equate buying a car with love as most of the Subaru ads do.
The two most annoying ads for me right now are Anoro with that whiny Fleetwood Mac “Go Your Own Way” song, and Operation Smile “This Little Light of Mine” for being so cloyingly emotional.
Both Anoro and Operation Smile use sound processing that plays hell with 5.1 surround sound by making the ad swirl around the listener and even appear to come from another room, like some kind of voice throwing. It seems to be purposely disorienting to make an impression.
For me, analyzing advertising goes hand in hand with analyzing propaganda in the news.