Diplomacy vs Propaganda (John H Brown)
My blog entry “What is Al Jazeera? and What's Al Hurra?” [ http://xahlee.blogspot.com/2011/02/what-is-al-jazeera-and-whats-al-hurra.html ] , is quoted by ex US diplomat John H. Brown at his blog at Source publicdiplomacypressandblogreview.blogspot.com.
Here's a quote from Wikipedia about John H Brown:
Brown, who received a Ph.D. in Russian History from Princeton University in 1977, was a member of the U.S. Foreign Service from 1981 until March 10, 2003 where he resigned over the war in Iraq;
Here's a video linked from his blog site, about the issue of diplomacy vs propaganda:
In the video, he lists 4 things about propaganda:
- ① Simplification of the issues.
- ② Constant repetition of slogans that's often unconnected. (e.g. weapons of mass destruction, regime change)
- ③ Demonization of the “other”. (e.g. the “evil”, the “other”)
- ④ Stretching the truth, to unacceptable limits.