The Black Arts Revisited

In one of my earlier articles, I wrote about the Black Arts of Propaganda,and the methods my which it is disseminated.
I wonder how many of you are keeping a close watch on what is going on, and its increasing frequency of occurrence?
I am not going to reproduce the original article here, but I will leave a link at the end for those who want to read it.
I will examine some of the most recent very obvious uses of it for your attention.

“The propagandist seeks to change the way people understand an issue or situation for the purpose of changing their actions and expectations in ways that are desirable to the interest group. Propaganda, in this sense, serves as a corollary to censorship in which the same purpose is achieved, not by filling people’s minds with approved information, but by preventing people from being confronted with opposing points of view. What sets propaganda apart from other forms of advocacy is the willingness of the propagandist to change people’s understanding through deception and confusion rather than persuasion and understanding. The leaders of an organization know the information to be one sided or untrue, but this may not be true for the rank and file members who help to disseminate the propaganda.”

The term propaganda may also refer to false information meant to reinforce the mindsets of people who already believe as the propagandist wishes. The assumption is that, if people believe something false, they will constantly be assailed by doubts. Since these doubts are unpleasant, people will be eager to have them extinguished, and are therefore receptive to the reassurances of those in power.

The Message: How is it Spread?

Ad hominem
Is Latin phrase that has come to mean attacking one’s opponent, as opposed to attacking their arguments.

We have seen a real surge in this type of attack recently. I had been a constant drip drip drip…Comparing Salmond to Hitler for Instance.
But over the past few weeks they have all been going into overdrive with some really unsavoury attacks in a coordinated front by both Labour and Tories in particular…Calling Salmond A Big Fat Liar, Spiv, Snake Oil Salesman, Chancer,and a whole load of other savoury names and comparisons…The whole Idea to project to the populace that he is unpleasant and completely untrustworthy.

Ad nauseam
This argument approach uses tireless repetition of an idea. An idea, especially a simple slogan, that is repeated enough times, may begin to be taken as the truth

As Above….Continually through the media…Repetition upon repetition, upon repetition…Really driving into the public psyche that Salmond+The SNP= YES campaign….So Not to trusted!!

Appeal to authority
Appeals to authority cite prominent figures to support a position, idea, argument, or course of action.

Their usage of the Spanish Foreign Ministers comments(who has his own agenda re Catalonia) to cast doubt on whether an Independent Scotland would get into the EU.
Some news papers, even used the same story weeks later, and presented it as news, just in case you never got it first time round.
Unfortunately it all spectacularly fell apart for them, when a EU High Commissioner gave evidence to Westminsters foreign Affairs committee set out the real position that Scots were already EU citizens and there was no mechanism for throwing us out!
However..They will have succeeded partially in their efforts, because a good chunk of the population don’t keep a good eye on actual political affairs..and will have believed how its been presnted in the media.

The usage of so called experts to cast doubt on Scotlands ability to function.
We see much use of these so called experts, particularly in BBC TV and Radio programmes…When they don’t divulge the experts connections to any political parties, or as being supporters of the Union…But ALWAYS will mention if they are sympathetic to Independence. Thus giving the impression that Unionist Experts are neutral and therefore more reliable.

Appeal to fear
Appeals to fear and seeks to build support by instilling anxieties and panic in the general population, for example, Joseph Goebbels exploited Theodore Kaufman’s Germany Must Perish! to claim that the Allies sought the extermination of the German people.

In Scotlands case, building fear that we would be marooned in a bad way and be in deep trouble if things didn’t work out after Independence.
Peoples fears of their pensions, and welfare,mortgages and for their children.

We have seen a lot of scaremongering over Europe, NATO, Currency,Border Posts, the Economy, Pensions recently..expect this to be continuos, just changing one Fear for another.

Black-and-white fallacy
Presenting only two choices, with the product or idea being propagated as the better choice. For example: “You’re either with us, or against us…

Better Together–GOOD….Separatists..BAD!!

The creation or deletion of information from public records, in the purpose of making a false record of an event or the actions of a person or organization, including outright forgery of photographs, motion pictures, broadcasts, and sound recordings as well as printed documents.

A classic example of this came only last week, when the British Government Treasury created a totally misleading document which Danny Alexander then used to give the impression of showing Scotland benefits financially from being in the Union. Only for them to be exposed as being a sham!
The Treasury report,claiming to show public spending in Scotland was higher than that in London, used figures for Scotland that were eleven years past their sell by date
Treasury Chief Danny Alexander claimed the figures were proof of the benefit of Scotland remaining in the Union.

He said: “These new figures show the people of Scotland continue to see a real financial benefit from being part of the UK. The UK is an incredibly successful economic union and long may it continue.”

But it turns out that the UK Government based its spending figures for the rest of the UK on actual population figures from the 2011 census, but used estimates based on 2001 figures for the Scottish population! Effectively comparing oranges with paint the picture they wanted..

Of course that is nothing to what they did with the McCrone report, but it shows they are still at it!

The use of an event that generates euphoria or happiness, or using an appealing event to boost morale. Euphoria can be created by declaring a holiday, making luxury items available, or mounting a military parade with marching bands and patriotic messages.

You wont have seen much in the way of this sort of behaviour this year will you? Well..not much if you subtract a fair chunk of the year..Queens Jubilee…Olympic Torch Tour, and of course the London Olympics…
If you haven’t had Britishness and Union Jack waving and manufactured hysteria coming out your ears..Where have you been Mars?

Fear, uncertainty and doubt
An attempt to influence public perception by disseminating negative and dubious/false information designed to undermine the credibility of their beliefs.

You see this every day!! Media, Press, Better Together Bunch.. There is always something.

A half-truth is a deceptive statement, which may come in several forms and includes some element of truth. The statement might be partly true, the statement may be totally true but only part of the whole truth, or it may utilize some deceptive element, such as improper punctuation, or double meaning, especially if the intent is to deceive, evade, blame or misrepresent the truth.

Labour in particular use this tactic a lot..
reading out statements the SNP are supposed to have made, in order to suggest they said something else! Like removing 27 words from a comment Alex Salmond made to Andrew Neil…and changing the whole content and perception of what he actually did say.

A bit like…. I dislike black cars, they always remind me of funerals. Women prefer brighter coloured cars than men, but I don’t like these overly bright and gay colours either, they creep me out.

Turned into… I dislike black women, I don’t like gay either, they creep me out.

Did I say these words? In that order? Yes…. So I am then falsely accused of something else entirely,using Labour standards!

Managing the news
According to Adolf Hitler “The most brilliant propagandist technique will yield no success unless one fundamental principle is borne in mind constantly – it must confine itself to a few points and repeat them over and over.” This idea is consistent with the principle of classical conditioning as well as the idea of “Staying on Message.”

We have a lot of this going on…expect much more of it!

Obtain disapproval or Reductio ad Hitlerum
This technique is used to persuade a target audience to disapprove of an action or idea by suggesting that the idea is popular with groups hated, feared, or held in contempt by the target audience. Thus if a group that supports a certain policy is led to believe that undesirable, subversive, or contemptible people support the same policy, then the members of the group may decide to change their original position. This is a form of bad logic, where a is said to include X, and b is said to include X, therefore, a = b.

Seen in various guises… BBC loading there audiences appearing to favour one group more than another in audience selection.
The Boooing which Labour have been orchestrating at public events..mostly directed at the First Minister.

Messing about with microphone levels in the recent Brewer and Sturgeon debate..with Nicola’s dipped and Brewers raised at specific points.

How much have you been noticing? And are you making sure that you are pointing these things out to other people?

The full original article is in the link below,with a whole load of techniques I haven’t mentioned here…

George Orwell…We are indeed living in your 1984!

The Black Arts

About auldacquaintance

I am not a member of any political party. I am however a strong supporter of Scots Independence. Any views which I express in this Blog are purely my own. This Blog intends to be a place where I will be putting my views on Scots Independence. It will primarily concern itself with the upcoming Referendum In Scotland. However It will also be somewhat diverse in the range of day to day issues which are evident to me in modern day Scotland. Not all of it will be political, and indeed may take me off into avenues I am not even aware of yet. Please come and join in on this journey, and any comments are welcome provided they are not abusive! All the best from a new acquaintance! Rod
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5 Responses to The Black Arts Revisited

  1. gedguy2 says:

    I’ve said for years that if the UK government really believed that the Scots were going for independence then they would destroy our manufacturing, financial industries and our military. You figure out what has been destroyed since the SNP came to an overall majority.

  2. Macart says:

    I have a cunning plan to combat all of the above – believe nothing of what you read or see generated by London based media about this issue. The internet is still the most open source of information on the planet. If you want to see a good range of views or opinions (good and bad) on the issue of independence for Scotland get browsing and check out news sites outside of London influence.

    If you wish to be informed about the meat and bones of each side of the debate actually visit the sites of those involved and look at their arguments first hand instead of being filtered through a biased press or broadcaster. Last but by no means least visit specialist forums and blogs like this very one here. Look at the threads, the quality of posting and argument and the general conduct of those involved. Then and only then, look to make your decision.

    If you rely only on the press to tell you how to think, you might as well go bahhhh and graze with the other sheep.

  3. David McCann says:

    WE should all be very concerned about how the media report the INDEPENDENCE debate. Can we really trust organisations like the BBC who think it more important to pin a poppy on the likes of Savile’s lapel, presumably to show what a fine upstanding organisations they are, rather than expose the vile activities which we now know to have been covered up by senior management for decades.?

  4. cc says:

    The subject of BBC PROPAGANDA has gotten worse over the past year(maybe I’ve just been more focused ?)and your piece is spot-on.We are trying ,via our wee online tv channel,to broadcast the truth ,just like many others but we’re using video.

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