Why propaganda is bad

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Definition of propaganda from dictionary.com: "the organized dissemination of information, allegations, etc, to assist or damage the cause of a government, movement, etc. such information, allegations, etc." [1].

There are two ways to extract fruit from a tree one way is to feed and nurture the tree; give it water and nutrients; ensure that it has plenty of sun; prune it when necessary and it should bear fruit. Another method would be to slash and burn the ground around the tree, cut down 'under-producing' branches, or otherwise attempt to artificially hasten the process in a manner that is injurious to the tree itself.

When we resort to using propaganda to sell products everybody loses. Propaganda is different from marketing and product positioning where the recipient has an equal chance to evaluate the veracity of the message. A propagandist aims to conceal the true intent of the message so as to remove the equal footing of the participants in hopes of gaining advantage in the discourse.

Some businesses subscribe to the concept that business is war and propaganda has been shown to be an effective weapon. One could go on and on about the usefulness of such a concept. Suffice to say here that the entire subject has relevance at LIMSExpert.com because some participants in the DIY and concept LIMS circles cite poor behavior and tactics like propaganda as principal reasons for avoiding the use of commercial systems -- even ones that can be heavily customized. They would rather not use such a system if and when it comes with a vendor whose behavior reminds them of a bad political novel or the Bolsheviks.

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[1] http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/propaganda

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