Thursday, March 03, 2005

New Term: spindaganda

spindaganda (n.) "spin-da-gann-da":

recently coined term that refers to a paid, or sponsored form of information, represented as objective, but is not so; additionally, said information content not only benefits a particular party, but does so in a way as to diminish the opposition at the same time, playing on key facts in order to do so.

Related Etymology:


1718, from Mod.L. propaganda, short for Congregatio de Propaganda Fide "congregation for propagating the faith," committee of cardinals established 1622 by Gregory XV to supervise foreign missions, prop. abl. fem. gerundive of L. propagare (see propagation). Modern political sense dates from World War I, not originally pejorative.


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