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Donna Woolfolk is a writer who earned a master degree in English fro UCLA. In her article titled “Propaganda: How not to be Bamboozled”, explains the hidden techniques that propaganda uses in order to discretely put hidden pictures in the mind. All techniques used in propaganda affect the mental aspect on, how we as a people feel about certain issues that face us today. Woolfolk perception on propaganda strategies, include techniques are that are being used to change our fundamental values of society. A good example of this would be glittering generalities. When a person or a group of people protest on a specific issue, a cloud of misconception often appears to be part of a misunderstanding of a topic. When a political candidate claims, “We are going to stand up to big Wall Street bankers and cut pork barrel spending, so that we can put this wasted money back on main street were it belongs to people who want to achieve the American dream”. What one person may define the American dream may not be in the same relevant context of another individual. This is the trap propaganda uses in to persuade certain groups of people to vote for that candidate. Forgetting the fancy political speech, what does the American Dream truly consist of?
Woolfolk’s uses the severe impacts of propaganda to show how we as a general group of people are persuade to do certain actions that we may not be aware of. In my own opinion about the detrimental effects propaganda has on the general public, I believe that it is true that people are affected by combining the strategies of propaganda with human emotions to create a emotional state of mind. To critique this article correctly, there will have to be more research done on the mental aspects of propaganda. Evaluating these effects along, with studies on different people should provide a more theoretical correct view, on the ways we as people are effected by propaganda in our everyday lives.