Propaganda in Everyday American Life

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I have noticed that we are getting a lot of interesting propaganda from the Right during the Era of Trump.
What exactly is "deep state", "mainstream media", or, as Limbaugh likes to say "drive-by media"?
What exactly is "fake news" if news is merely the accurate reporting of events? Seems like an oxymoron.

Have you noticed that only conservatives seem to know intuitively what these terms really mean but can never define them?

It is like a secret code of a forbidden, arcane club. Or Klub is you consider the secret "k" words of the KKK.
Ku Klux Klan titles and vocabulary - Wikipedia
 
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I have noticed that we are getting a lot of interesting propaganda from the Right during the Era of Trump.
What exactly is "deep state", "mainstream media", or, as Limbaugh likes to say "drive-by media"?
What exactly is "fake news" if news is merely the accurate reporting of events? Seems like an oxymoron.

Have you noticed that only conservatives seem to know intuitively what these terms really mean but can never define them?

It is like a secret code of a forbidden, arcane club. Or Klub is you consider the secret "k" words of the KKK.
Ku Klux Klan titles and vocabulary - Wikipedia

What you are talking about is TrumpBabble. Dotard and his merry band of men and women have created not only a whole new language but an attitude to go with it. There's a new dictionary in town---as of Jan. 20, 2017. Trump inspired words to proliferate. Supporters of The Donald have generated insults, like cuck, and detractors have revived colorful terms, like kakistocracy.
Here are some over-used terms:
Alt-Right
Blind Trust
Drain the Swamp
Emolument
Fake News
Alternative facts
A Certain vernacular
Hate speech
Post-truth era
Snowflakes
Social Justice Warrior
Deep State
Good person
MAGA
Russia: Also see Pee Tape
This is not normal
Unbelievable
Meh Hillary
Meh Obama
Trumpette, Trumpista, Trumpian, Trumpery=1.Something showy but worthless.2. Nonsense or rubbish.3. Deceit; fraud; trickery.

DTT posters are welcome to add to the list. :cool:
 
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Trump has definitely inspired revival of
'kakistocracy" and we can thank the North Koreans for "dotard".

But the deeper question is, why has this peculiar linguist/propaganda event become so much associated with conservative communication?
As a more recent example, the process of collecting and delivering absentee ballots in California has been disparaged as "ballot harvesting" .
Of course we cannot forget "judicial activism" to criticize any progressive judicial decision (never seems to apply to conservative actions).
 
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Trump has definitely inspired revival of
'kakistocracy" and we can thank the North Koreans for "dotard".

But the deeper question is, why has this peculiar linguist/propaganda event become so much associated with conservative communication?
As a more recent example, the process of collecting and delivering absentee ballots in California has been disparaged as "ballot harvesting" .
Of course we cannot forget "judicial activism" to criticize any progressive judicial decision (never seems to apply to conservative actions).

Just my 2 cents, but the new lingo is associated with conservatives because, frankly, conservatives are followers. These are the conspiracy theorists. These are the flat earthers and birthers. These are who are cultists, Holocaust deniers and Climate Change "savants". These are hypocrites of the highest order---the kings and queens of pot=kettle.
Why think for yourself when you've got leaders like Donald J Trump? Sean Hannity and dead Breitbart?

I'm sure they will disagree fervently! I mean no one wants to be called a mindless, bleating, wooly sheep---but hey---when was the last time we saw something original from the RW?
 
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The idea that state propaganda, from the left or right, could ever go unchallenged in a nation littered with competing 7x24 news outlets and non-stop social media is laughably absurd.
 
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The idea that state propaganda, from the left or right, could ever go unchallenged in a nation littered with competing 7x24 news outlets and non-stop social media is laughably absurd.
You seem to be missing the point of this discussion. The propaganda is part of the linguistic environment now. It is used without real question, even by the "left" when discussing political issues disparaged by the "right" but is largely come from the RIGHT. My question is, why? Why do reactionaries seem to have a near monopoly on the language of spin politics? Are they more capable of dysphemism (unlikely) or do such words/phrases have some special role in the thought process that leads to conservatism??

word of the day= dysphemism
 
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What you are talking about is TrumpBabble. Dotard and his merry band of men and women have created not only a whole new language but an attitude to go with it. There's a new dictionary in town---as of Jan. 20, 2017. Trump inspired words to proliferate. Supporters of The Donald have generated insults, like cuck, and detractors have revived colorful terms, like kakistocracy.
Here are some over-used terms:
Alt-Right
Blind Trust
Drain the Swamp
Emolument
Fake News
Alternative facts
A Certain vernacular
Hate speech
Post-truth era
Snowflakes
Social Justice Warrior
Deep State
Good person
MAGA
Russia: Also see Pee Tape
This is not normal
Unbelievable
Meh Hillary
Meh Obama
Trumpette, Trumpista, Trumpian, Trumpery=1.Something showy but worthless.2. Nonsense or rubbish.3. Deceit; fraud; trickery.

DTT posters are welcome to add to the list. :cool:
LEGACY MEDIA!!

MUH PUTIN.
 
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You seem to be missing the point of this discussion. The propaganda is part of the linguistic environment now. It is used without real question, even by the "left" when discussing political issues disparaged by the "right" but is largely come from the RIGHT. My question is, why? Why do reactionaries seem to have a near monopoly on the language of spin politics? Are they more capable of dysphemism (unlikely) or do such words/phrases have some special role in the thought process that leads to conservatism??

word of the day= dysphemism
A wonderful word! Dysphemism. Love it.