nancylebov (nancylebov) wrote,

How about trying to propaganda-proof kids?

There's persistent worry about people being recruited for islamist terrorism, and I admit that it seems to be unnervingly easy. There are efforts at counter-propaganda, and that's not a bad idea.

On the other hand, seeing this reminds me that people are pretty gullible in general. I think I believed a few of those false claims myself, like that GoLean might actually be healthy in some sense. I tried it and gave up on it because it had no flavor.

In any case, it would be a good idea to teach children to ask "what is this ad trying to get me to do?", "what evidence do they have for their claims?", and "what methods are they using to increase their emotional effect"?

I have heard of parents working to make their kids less vulnerable to ads, and I *think* I've heard of that sort of thing in schools. I didn't get it from either source, though I've ended up with a generalized disgust at advertising and I tend to think that anything which is heavily advertised is overpriced.

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