Introduction to Propaganda
by Melanie Anne Phillips & Chris Huntley
Co-creators of the Dramatica Theory
Propaganda, n. 1. any organization or movement working
for the propagation of particular ideas, doctrines, practices, etc. 2. the
ideas, doctrines, practices, etc. spread in this way. (Webster’s New
Twentieth Century Dictionary)
Propaganda: 3. a storyforming/storytelling technique used to impact
an audience in specific ways, often employed to instigate deliberation and/or
Propaganda is a wondrous and dangerous story device. Its
primary usage in stories is as a method for an author to impact an audience long
after they have experienced the story itself. Through the use of propaganda, an
author can inspire an audience to think certain ways, think about certain
things, behave certain ways, and take specific actions. Like fire and firearms,
propaganda can be used constructively and destructively and does not contain an
inherent morality. Any morality involved comes from the minds of the author and
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