Introduction to the Research Handbook on Political Propaganda

Gary D. Rawnsley, Yiben Ma, Kruakae Pothong

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Conference proceedingForeword/postscript


    Propaganda remains a powerful source of influence, and this collection of essays demonstrates that propaganda continues to evolve as new communication technologies and practices emerge and develop. These new communication technologies have diversified communicative practices and democratised the production and distribution of political propaganda, thus broadening the range of 'the messengers' beyond the states and other political institutions. For messengers more democratised access to the 'message' production and distribution machinery means fragmented power over their audiences' opinions and behaviours, but they will always seek control over public opinion. For audiences the accelerating volume of propaganda cloaked among news items and social media content means a crisis of trust in in the veracity of information and its sources. This requires a greater awareness of media literacy and new critical thinking skills to differentiate fact from opinion, and it identify 'alternative facts'.

    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationResearch Handbook on Political Propaganda
    PublisherEdward Elgar Publishing Ltd.
    Number of pages6
    ISBN (Electronic)9781789906424
    ISBN (Print)9781789906417
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2021

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • General Social Sciences


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