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I freed a thousand slaves, I could have freed a thousand more but they were not aware that they were slaves--Harriet Tubman.

Manipulation of information to influence public opinion. The term comes from Congregatio de Propaganda Fide (Congregation for the Propagation of the Faith), a missionary organization established by the pope in 1622. Propagandists emphasize the elements of information that support their position and de-emphasize or exclude those that do not. Misleading statements and even lies may be used to create the desired effect in the public audience. Lobbying, advertising, and missionary activity are all forms of propaganda, but the term is most commonly used in the political arena. Prior to the 20th century, pictures and the written media were the principal instruments of propaganda; radio, television, motion pictures, and the Internet later joined their ranks. Studied under institutional economics, the concept helps understand how human behaviour is influenced by the structures that surround it. It examines how a person's decision making can be manipulated by advertising and marketing of his/her immediate surrounding institutions.

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Title Annotation:Vox Cognoscentis
Publication:Namibia Economist (Windhoek, Namibia)
Date:Mar 15, 2013
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