• Title: How Propaganda Works
  • Author: JasonStanley
  • ISBN: 9780691164427
  • Page: 414
  • Format: Hardcover
  • How Propaganda Works Our democracy today is fraught with political campaigns lobbyists liberal media and Fox News commentators all using language to influence the way we think and reason about public issues Even so m
    Our democracy today is fraught with political campaigns, lobbyists, liberal media, and Fox News commentators, all using language to influence the way we think and reason about public issues Even so, many of us believe that propaganda and manipulation aren t problems for us not in the way they were for the totalitarian societies of the mid twentieth century In How PropaOur democracy today is fraught with political campaigns, lobbyists, liberal media, and Fox News commentators, all using language to influence the way we think and reason about public issues Even so, many of us believe that propaganda and manipulation aren t problems for us not in the way they were for the totalitarian societies of the mid twentieth century In How Propaganda Works, Jason Stanley demonstrates that attention needs to be paid He examines how propaganda operates subtly, how it undermines democracy particularly the ideals of democratic deliberation and equality and how it has damaged democracies of the past.Focusing on the shortcomings of liberal democratic states, Stanley provides a historically grounded introduction to democratic political theory as a window into the misuse of democratic vocabulary for propaganda s selfish purposes He lays out historical examples, such as the restructuring of the US public school system at the turn of the twentieth century, to explore how the language of democracy is sometimes used to mask an undemocratic reality Drawing from a range of sources, including feminist theory, critical race theory, epistemology, formal semantics, educational theory, and social and cognitive psychology, he explains how the manipulative and hypocritical declaration of flawed beliefs and ideologies arises from and perpetuates inequalities in society, such as the racial injustices that commonly occur in the United States How Propaganda Works shows that an understanding of propaganda and its mechanisms is essential for the preservation and protection of liberal democracies everywhere.

    One Reply to “How Propaganda Works”

    1. This was a required reading for Phil-P 145 at Indiana University. I was not a fan of this book. While he had some decent insights he displayed them in a very partisan manner. He also seemed to talk in circles and used a lot of unnecessary long and different names that all meant the same thing. I am proud to say that we talked our professor out of using this book as a reading in the future.

    2. Wordy, long and could have edited the author's personal thoughts at the beginning and the end of each chapter and his long-winded descriptions of tactics. His goal was to focus on propaganda in liberal (rights) democratic (equality) society, but the book veered off mostly to the linguistics of liberal democratic politics which in itself the only form of propaganda that occurs in a society that claims to be rights and the equality of its people. Ideologies are full with loaded wth words/rhetoric [...]

    3. Very clear exposition of propaganda and ideology and how democracies are susceptible to it. Not just demagogic politicians but structural inequalities like coral reefs can make the whole of popular thought to be channeled into flawed ideologies that our cognitive biases disguised as common sense that can mislead. We are all products of the cauldron of ideas that are both true and products of our bias. Demagogues and manipulators use our biases and mental shortcuts and self serving beliefs to cha [...]

    4. Rather academic and corrective to start with, the author is in dialogue with a discipline, advocating some sense of interdisciplinarity, which is always commendable, but still belonging to a particular debate. The book is written in the first person, there are many references to the author's experiences and role in public discourse, sometimes verging on the self-important. The argument is not organised very methodically or logically and reads as a collection of reflections, non-linear, with some [...]

    5. پیروزی دونالد ترامپ در انتخابات ریاست جمهوری اخیر آمریکا بار دیگر مسئله‌ی پروپاگاندا و نقش رسانه‌ها در فرآیند انتخابات را پررنگ کرد. بخصوص که این بار، نه تنها رسانه‌های جریان اصلی که حتی شبکه‌های اجتماعی هم نقش بسیار پررنگی - و مخربی - در فرآیند این انتخابات بازی کردند. در ش [...]

    6. Michiko Kakutani (NYT):In “Mein Kampf,” Hitler argued that effective propaganda appeals “to the feelings of the public rather than to their reasoning ability”; relies on “stereotyped formulas,” repeated over and over again, to drum ideas into the minds of the masses; and uses simple “love or hate, right or wrong” formulations to assail the enemy while making “intentionally biased and one-sided” arguments.Although propaganda has usually been associated with totalitarian regime [...]

    7. ပေလတိုအေနနဲ႔ ဒီမိုကေရစီကို အားမနာတမ္းေ၀ဖန္တာေတြလည္း အမ်ားႀကီး ရွိခဲ့တယ္။ အဲဒါေတြထဲက တစ္ခုကေတာ့ ဒီမိုကေရစီဟာ "သာတူညီမွ်အခြင့္အေရး" (Equality) ဆီ ဦးတည္သြားလိမ့္မယ္ဆိုတဲ့ အခ်က္ပဲ။ ဒီေနရ [...]

    8. Propaganda generally involves an emotional appeal strong enough to overcome rational thinking. People are more or less susceptible to propaganda based on the biases they acquire in life. There, now you don't have to read the book. The author makes the point that emphasizing reliance on experts can be anti-democratic, but most of the book reads like a tortured academic trying to make himself feel special. To wit, a random couple of sentences: "One alternative to sensitivity that has arisen in an [...]

    9. "Stanley is surely onto something when he claims that the most productive role for propaganda in a liberal democracy is to shore up liberal-democratic ideals. Stanley's book clarifies what's at stake when journalists fail to see how the propaganda of our liberal democracy is functioning."–David V. Johnson on Jason Stanley's How Propaganda Works in the Summer 2015 issue of BookforumTo read the rest of this review, go to Bookforum:bookforum/inprint/022_02

    10. Lost his way.I expected a discourse on propaganda but this devolved into linguistics instead. Stanley spent too much time writing about what he would be doing and not enough time doing it.The foray into linguistics was mildly interesting but it did not add to my understanding of how propaganda works.

    11. This was a difficult read, very academic. However, it provided invaluable insight into how propaganda is used to undermine democratic ideals and to support educational and economic hierarchies.

    12. [ Gov 10 Spring 2017 Reading ]Interesting ideas, although I don't necessarily agree that his "undermining" definition of propaganda explains what we intuitively know to be true.I do appreciate the premise that propaganda, like any other phenomenon, can be decomposed and studied in a systematic way. I think Stanley's rare philosophical approach / focus on the _theory_ of propaganda provides a more rigorous overview than extrapolating general principles from historical examples, but his style did [...]

    13. God this is a woeful, almost unreadable book. I am slugging through it but it is such a struggle. The sentences are so long-winded and seem to be just showing off what he knows rather than actually having a message. There are almost no concrete, modern examples, just examples from Plato or theoretical examples. With a title like this, and with his obvious knowledge, it could have been so much more than what is essentially an academic book review of the semantics of propaganda. It is difficult to [...]

    14. Amazing! I would recommend this book for first generation college students (especially the last two chapters).

    15. I picked up this book, excited to read it after seeing a glowing review. Alas, I was disappointed. The author is an academic who writes in a style that only his fellow philosophers can love. Rather than treat propaganda as a political problem or lay out concrete outcomes, he applies the full philosophical treatment. He quotes frequently from Plato and philosophers I haven't studied since college three decades ago, and is fond of theorizing. His favorite word is "epistemic" (I had to look that up [...]

    16. If you're interested in discovering how people, and groups, tend to organize their ideas (and why those ideas become so entrenched into people's concept of themselves), then this book is probably for you.It reads like a high school or college level text book rather than a 'light' read. And it references and cites many studies and other writers that, if you haven't already been introduced to, might seem to leave the reader without the prerequisites to fully understand some concepts.But don't let [...]

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