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Can those who frequent propaganda sites think for themselves?

It seems we have a number of people posting stories that they have read or been linked to from propaganda sites like http://www.moorewatch.com/, http://www.rushlimbaugh.com/ or http://www.democracynow.org/ .

My question is if someone was to read from these sites everyday, would they not be brainwashing themselves?

Are these sites even reputable?
Old 07-20-2004, 05:32 AM DocSavage is offline  
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Yes, anyone who immerses themselves in such sites will find enough on there that they agree with that they start to take everything posted there as fact without checking themselves. I can spend a night cruising the more interesting Apocalypse/Conspiracy/UFO sites and by the end of the night my mind is filled with ideas and it becomes harder to separate the truth from fiction after a while..
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It seems we have a number of people posting stories that they have read or been linked to from propaganda sites like http://www.moorewatch.com/, http://www.rushlimbaugh.com/ or http://www.democracynow.org/ .

My question is if someone was to read from these sites everyday, would they not be brainwashing themselves?

Are these sites even reputable?

you forgot moveon.org, whodieswhoprofitswhateverthefucktheirhostnameis, and other shit. you biased coward. fuck you.
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you forgot moveon.org, whodieswhoprofitswhateverthefucktheirhostnameis, and other shit. you biased coward. fuck you.
Sorry dude, I don't frequent those sites and didn't know them. I originally had 1 repub and 1 demo site, but how could i leave out Rush?
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Sorry dude, I don't frequent those sites and didn't know them. I originally had 1 repub and 1 demo site, but how could i leave out Rush?
your ignorance of moveon.org is apalling.
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it's only fair to include michaelmoore.com

People who rely heavily only on those sites run by people whose opinions fit their own are nothing but mouthpieces for the propaganda machine. I've no doubt they think for themselves, but their thinking amounts to "I agree with this, someone famous said it, therefore I'M RIGHT!!!"

They latch onto these sites not because they are simply doing what they're told, but because they find validation of their own beliefs. Enough time listening, and their opinions pretty much fall in line with whoever it is they're listening to. Hence the dittoheads.
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They can be entertaining, however (even if you disagree with them 100%). Here's something funny over at moveon.org-they have filed a formal FTC complaint, saying that Fox News is being deceptive by using the term "Fair and Balanced" as thier slogan. Now THAT'S comedy.

http://cdn.moveon.org/content/pdfs/ftc_filing.pdf
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FYI to all: Just because you don't like the content of the site does not make it propaganda.
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I would like to post my opinions but I have to check with "them" before "they" let me speak...

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From dictionary.com:

4 entries found for propaganda.
prop·a·gan·da ( P ) Pronunciation Key (prp-gnd)
n.
The systematic propagation of a doctrine or cause or of information reflecting the views and interests of those advocating such a doctrine or cause.
Material disseminated by the advocates or opponents of a doctrine or cause: wartime propaganda.
Propaganda Roman Catholic Church. A division of the Roman Curia that has authority in the matter of preaching the gospel, of establishing the Church in non-Christian countries, and of administering Church missions in territories where there is no properly organized hierarchy.
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4 entries found for propaganda.
prop·a·gan·da ( P ) Pronunciation Key (prp-gnd)
n.
The systematic propagation of a doctrine or cause or of information reflecting the views and interests of those advocating such a doctrine or cause.
Material disseminated by the advocates or opponents of a doctrine or cause: wartime propaganda.
Propaganda Roman Catholic Church. A division of the Roman Curia that has authority in the matter of preaching the gospel, of establishing the Church in non-Christian countries, and of administering Church missions in territories where there is no properly organized hierarchy.

Using that definition every site from CNN to [M] is propaganda.

The usual connotation evoked by the word "propaganda" entails partial to no truth with a little FUD and a dash of .

Basically, you have "truth", the other side has "propaganda".
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It seems to me that if propaganda was false, then someone would notice and it would have the opposite effect. Real propaganda is truth or half-truths that serve one groups interests. On the [M] we have several groups spouting all sorts of conflicting information, so it fails miserably as a source of propaganda.

Go to one of the first few linked sites and see if they present both sides of the picture...
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It seems we have a number of people posting stories that they have read or been linked to from propaganda sites like http://www.moorewatch.com/, http://www.rushlimbaugh.com/ or http://www.democracynow.org/ .

My question is if someone was to read from these sites everyday, would they not be brainwashing themselves?

Are these sites even reputable?

It's almost as bad as all the "I was watching Farenheight 9/11, and it said...." threads, no doubt...
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