Though some people would disagree, propaganda is far more common in a democratic society than a totalitarian society. While the totalitarian government can simply tell you what to think and buy, the democratic government has to hide its attempts to sway the people. It could be argued that military force and threats of violence are the ultimate propaganda, but a totalitarian government is not hiding what it’s doing. They are forcing the people they govern to believe and do what they want by force or otherwise. Democratic leaders just do the same thing behind a mask. They use the media, the Internet, and everything else around you to sway your opinion. This method seems to work just as well as the violent method; most people in a democratic society live their lives being influenced without even realizing it. They assume they are living with free will, but are unaware of the constant influences around them. As Dennis Lewis put it, “We are governed, our minds are molded, our tastes formed, our ideas suggested, largely by men we have never heard of.”
Propaganda is evil, but not evil in the way of taking over the world or something. It’s more evil in the way of causing you to purchase a product you don’t exactly need or want. Corporations are just as guilty of using propaganda as governments are; they even use it in the same way. All they have to do is simply flash their logo or bash their competitor and they have subconsciously made you want their product. This is one of the most basic forms of propaganda; they are influencing you without your knowledge. This is evil in the sense of lining the company’s pocket. This might not seem like a big deal, but over time it leads to the growth of a company that could care less about the customers they are brainwashing. This brainwashing goes on twenty-four hours a day, we are all constantly being persuaded without knowing it.
Corporation propaganda and government propaganda usually go hand in hand. For example, the milk industry, milk is something humans no longer need after about the age of three, but for some reason humans still consume it. It is always displayed as a “Health food,” because of the supposed high amounts of calcium in it, but the truth is there is more calcium in a piece of broccoli. So why would the government advertise and support this product as a health food? This all ties in with blatant propaganda, the government puts more money into the milk industry every year than the amount of money that was put into the mars rover project. Even with this surplus of money there is still millions of dollars of surplus of milk that just goes to waste. While most wouldn’t consider all of this to be “evil,” it is still a negative way to propaganda is used. In this instance it’s just lining the pockets of billionaires.
America is considered to be one of the countries with the most freedom, but this free will is not always so free. Our political leaders team up with corporations to bombard...