Parallel between the brainwashing techniques used by the Nazis, and the modern media todayit's for my research project. i'm already late.. PLEASE HELP. any ideas?

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litteacher8 | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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I think you can compare some of the media programs with propaganda. This is especially true of the 24 hour news networks. Some of them bend over backward so far to espouse the beliefs of their viewers that they are basically spouting propaganda. The pundits do not back up what they say with facts, and they sensationalize and demonize regularly.
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I think for the most part today's news media is more interested in sensationalizing the news stories in order to gather more viewers. I don't think that is considered propaganda, I do however think that there are some advertising that practices propaganda techniques, however not to the extent that Hitler did.

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The Nazis, who had among them men of high intelligence, knew that their propaganda had to be disseminated over long periods of time so that people would digest it unsuspectingly.  Likewise, at least since the 1960s the controlled media has put a liberal slant and promoted feminism and political correctness, of which the recent firing of Juan Williams from public television is proof. 

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I don't think it's fair or accurate to say that the regular media engages in brainwashing or propaganda.  But I would say that you can see techniques like those of the Nazis being used by all political candidates these days.  This is because they are simply effective tactics for getting people to see things your way.

Here are some propaganda techniques from this link

http://www.maebrussell.com/Articles%20and%20Notes/German%20Propaganda.html

"Name Calling" is a device to make us form a judgment without examining the evidence on which it should be based. Here the propagandist appeals to our hate and fear.

You can see this when someone talks about the "lamestream media" or about the big evil people on Wall Street.

"Glittering Generalities" is a device by which the propagandist identifies his program with virtue by use of "virtue words." Here he appeals to our emotions of love, generosity, and brotherhood.

How many times do candidates or political pundits refer to what they say is truly American?  They present their own ideas as the only way that real Americans could truly think.

"Transfer" is a device by which the propagandist carries over the authority, sanction, and prestige of something we respect and revere to something he would have us accept.

Think about how much politicians tell us the Founders would agree with their ideas.  Or that Ronald Reagan would.  Or things like that -- they are trying to do "transfer" when they do this.

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