As the race for the White House gears up, you are being bombarded with stories, 30-second ads, attack tweets and Instagram videos.
Back in the 1970s, the average person got hit with 500 messages a day: ads in the paper to buy Fords, radio spots for Richard Nixon, promos for the latest ABBA album and billboards for Coke.
Today, the average person is buried with 5,000 messages a day.
So how do you tell the difference between propaganda vs. journalism and rhetoric?
I did a series of posts about this for about.com, back when it was owned by The New York Times, and it’s a topic worth revisiting. Continue reading “Defense against the Dark Arts: Propaganda vs. journalism and rhetoric”