Saturday, April 2, 2011

"Epistemological Populism" and Harper's Attack ads.

From Enzo DiMatteo's "Naked Ambition", NOW Magazine, April 6, 2011
"Epistemological Populism is a marketing technique used by politicians to cut through the clutter (says Patrick Fafard, U of Ottawa). It relies heavily on repetition of a message that may or may not always get through, but its constant repetition means voters are unlikely to hear other points of view."

Also known as the big lie:
If you repeat a lie often enough, it becomes the truth. // If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it. // If you repeat a lie often enough, people will believe it. // If you repeat a lie long enough, it becomes truth. // If you repeat a lie many times, people are bound to start believing it.
and, from Josef Goebbels, 9 Jan 1928 (Wikiquotes):
"Propaganda should be popular, not intellectually pleasing. It is not the task of propaganda to discover intellectual truths."

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