Published Online: 30 JAN 2010
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Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology
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DiFonzo, N. 2010. Propaganda. Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology. 1–3.
- Published Online: 30 JAN 2010
Propaganda is goal-oriented communication that employs (to one degree or another) deceptive tactics. The term derives from the Latin word propagare, meaning to spread plants to new locations. To spread propaganda originally meant to disseminate information in order to promote a cause, idea, or action (Rogers, 2007). In modern times, propaganda has taken on pejorative connotations: dishonest communication, factoids, rumors, misinformation, dirt, lies, distortions, deceit, manipulation, psychological warfare, and brainwashing (Jowett & O'Donnell, 1986).
- attitude shaping;