propaganda

About this site

 
 

Created eight years ago, when the world-wide web was in its infancy, the propaganda site is inspired by the pioneering work of the Institute for Propaganda Analysis (IPA). From 1937 to 1942, the IPA was dedicated to promoting the techniques of propaganda analysis among critically-minded citizens.

A revamped version of the site was launched in September 2002. The new URL (http://www.propagandacritic.com) was selected because it is easy to remember. The name "propaganda critic" should not be interpreted as suggesting that the author is attempting to pass himself off as "the propaganda critic." In a functioning democracy, all thinking citizens are entitled to consider themselves critics of propaganda.

Although the author holds clearly defined political views, the site is intended to be as objective as possible, holding all sides of the spectrum up to equal scrutiny. If you know of persuasion techniques or propaganda examples worthy of inclusion, please forward them to aaron@propagandacritic.com

Educators are encouraged to use this site as they see fit. Formal permission for reprints, screenshots, and hyperlinks is not required, but a short e-mail message detailing the context of use would be appreciated. Whenever reprinting individual articles within the site, please be sure to include a link to the detailed references page.

This is a not-for-profit project, and expenses incurred in creating the site (hosting fees, domain registration, illustration costs) have been paid for out of the author's pocket. Books on the topic of propaganda are available for sale on the site under the auspices of the Amazon Affiliate Program. Commissions from any on-line transactions will be applied toward the set-up costs. In the unlikely event that commissions surpass the set-up costs, the surplus will be donated to the Internet Moving Image Archive.

The author, Aaron Delwiche, holds a doctorate in communications from the University of Washington and a B.A. in political science from the University of California at Berkeley. Aaron is an Associate Professor in the Department of Communication at Trinity University.

As an Associate Professor in the Department of Communication at Trinity University, Aaron teaches courses on hacking subcultures, transmedia storytelling and video-game design and criticism. His award-winning experiments with games in the classroom have been covered by international publications ranging from Wired to The Guardian (UK). In 2009, he received a grant from the Lennox Foundation in support of the seminar series "Reality Hackers: The Next Wave of Media Revolutionaries." and published an anthology of essays related to the series. He is also the co-editor, with Dr. Jennifer Henderson, of the forthcoming Routledge Handbook of Participatory Cultures.

Recently, Aaron delivered the talk "We are all programmers now" at TEDx San Antonio.

Original illustrations for this site were provided by the talented Carol Lay. Carol's internationally syndicated strip Story Minute is available on-line at: http://www.salon.com.

Special thanks to: John Bowes and John Klockner for regularly rebooting the ailing web server and ensuring that the site stayed functional, Richard Kielbowicz for sharing his knowledge about this fascinating topic, Diane Gromala and Charles Willi for their design wisdom, and Rick Prelinger for contributing his extensive archive of audio-visual propaganda to the public domain.