This article is a follow-up article to a piece I wrote titled, “Understanding Propaganda.” It’s vital you do so in order to have the necessary building blocks to continue with this piece.As I’ve revealed in other articles, I am a former military intelligence analyst. I’ve been both trained and self-taught, through my former line of work, to identify propaganda and also make it, if so desired. You may have seen some of my own propaganda floating around on Identity Dixie’s various social media outlets. One of my goals was to remove the connotation that propaganda is always negative. In addition, provide discussion on how to identify it and avoid its influence, if necessary.
Propaganda itself is useless if it does not influence the target (an individual, entity, institution, country or culture). This influence can be positive or negative, dependent on what the target perceives. However, one of the most important aspects of propaganda is its value. What do I mean by the “value of propaganda?” Well, there’s a few things I mean by that.
Propaganda is a value if it influences the target. But, it also has value in a more passive manner. If you are the intended target, or perhaps part of an organization that is opposing the propaganda, the existence of the propaganda itself is valuable. Its mere existence is influencing you in some way or another.
This value is critical. And, while it can be more obvious at times to identify, it can also be much more difficult to decipher given the sometimes subtle nature that is propaganda generation. That value is intent. Through propaganda pushed out by an organization, group, etc, you can gauge not only the intentions of said group or organization, but some of their short term and even long term objectives as well.
Inherently when generating propaganda, it ties directly into the goals of an organization’s objective(s). As such, that exact objective(s), which was determined behind closed doors, is revealed. Through this gleaming of intent and subtle proclaiming of objectives, opposing organizations can understand exactly what they need to do in order to directly combat the efforts of the propaganda-originating organization.
There is an art and profession in the military dedicated to studying enemy propaganda, either seized or otherwise. The reason for this is so commanders and planners can modify their operational practices or plans to continue to be effective.
The same thing applies directly to you, as an individual or political dissident. By not only being able to spot and avoid the influence of malevolent propaganda pushed out by opposing organizations, you can also determine exactly what some of their goals are for their operational success. In turn, you can directly combat propaganda yourself and understand exactly what other organizations are trying to do through more subtle or overt means.
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