Welcome to the third in my series of posts to help you recognise, understand and analyseÂ propaganda.
I am an ex High School History and English teacher. I am very motivated to learn from the lessons of history because otherwise I feel that we are doomed to repeat the same mistakes. I have a special interest in how propaganda was successfully used by Hitler to demonise the Jews and when I see the same techniques being employed now I feel honour bound to point it out. That is my motivation and that is my bias.
So what exactly is propaganda?
*It is information, ideas, or rumors deliberately spread widely to help or harm a person, group, movement, institution or nation.
*It is also the particular doctrines or principles propagated by an organization or movement.
One example of an organisation that has used it is the Roman Catholic Church. In 1622 Pope Gregory XV established a committee of Cardinals whose job it was to supervise foreign missions and to train Priests for these missions. They set up a school to help them do this (College of Propaganda) for the education of Priests for foreign missions.