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Since 2016, we’ve all been getting an education in the dangers of propaganda and how it has morphed in the 21st century to end up on our screens. Whether it’s memes or posters, TikTok clips or Instagram feeds, the topic of propaganda is everywhere, but do we really understand what it’s all about?

This Sunday, we’re focusing on Propaganda and invited a group of scholars to offer some insight:

This issue is slightly smaller than previous editions as we wanted to produce something quickly for before the election.

I hope these will help you consider what you’re looking at when you’re perusing your feeds and think something might look awry. I do think many of us have antiquated ideas about propaganda and I hope this issue, edited, as always, with the talented Seph Rodney, will help you update some of our ideas, while understanding the history of info manipulation.

I’m reminded of a quote from the American philosopher Eric Hoffer, “Propaganda does not deceive people; it merely helps them to deceive themselves.” It is a good reminder that propaganda often is more personal than we realize, and it might be one of the reasons it is so hard to recognize for many.

We hope you enjoy the issue. Big brother insists you do.

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Hrag Vartanian is editor-in-chief and co-founder of Hyperallergic. You can follow him at @hragv.

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