What is Propaganda, and What Exactly is Wrong with it?

Public Affairs Quarterly, 11, 1997, 383-413

31 Pages Posted: 16 Dec 2012

Date Written: December 15, 1996


The purpose of this essay is to offer criteria for the identification of propaganda as a type of discourse, and for the analysis and evaluation of argumentation used in propaganda. Ten essential characteristics (as well as several other typical properties) of propaganda as an identifiable type of discourse are given. Some advice is given on how to analyze argumentation in propaganda, and to reconstruct certain types of common arguments that are central to propaganda. But the main problem addressed, and the most difficult one, is that of how to evaluate arguments used in propaganda.

Keywords: bias, fallacies, deceptive argumentation, discourse analysis

Suggested Citation

Walton, Douglas, What is Propaganda, and What Exactly is Wrong with it? (December 15, 1996). Public Affairs Quarterly, 11, 1997, 383-413, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2189875

Douglas Walton (Contact Author)

University of Windsor ( email )

401 Sunset Avenue
Windsor, Ontario N9B 3P4

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