Propaganda

Cognitive Dissonance, Revisited

Cognitive dissonance is perhaps the most fundamental concept for an understanding of undue influence and coercive control. Every now and then, a great genius lights up the world and creates a new perspective. Leon Festinger [...]

The Process of Undue Influence

The process of undue influence follows a predictable series of steps. First comes contact. This will either happen in person or through an advertising approach. It comes in many forms: flyers, posters, mailings, books, media [...]

How Easy is it to Trick the Brain?

Psychological studies have repeatedly shown how easily rational thinking is bypassed. Our perceptions are limited, and we interpret the meaning of those perceptions automatically. We “fill in” reasons for events that are hard to understand. [...]

Are You Being Misled Online?

Have you ever been misled online? If so, you are not alone! It’s not easy to discern fact from fiction online, especially for teenagers who grew up with the internet. But help is on the [...]

Islamophobia

Islamophobia is a form of undue influence that creates a false view by omitting information, using exaggeration and out-and-out deception. Far from the radicalized terrorist that the Islamaphobe paints as all of Islam, the vast [...]

The Human Side of Extremism

It is now exactly one year ago that I was doing research on the Greek island of Corfu into the electorate of the extreme-right, neo-Nazi, and openly racist political party ‘Golden Dawn’. In the shadow [...]

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