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    propaganda

    They´re advertising for a new product. Can I also say They´re spreading propaganda for a new product?

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    Re: propaganda

    Quote Originally Posted by beachboy View Post
    They´re advertising for a new product. Can I also say They´re spreading propaganda for a new product?
    In English (though not in many other languages) the word "propaganda" has connotations of politics and or bad-ness of some kind - "wartime propaganda", for example. So if you talk about propaganda in connection with a new product, it means more than just advertising; it means public relations of all kinds, with the further implication that what the makers are doing is wrong.

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    Re: propaganda

    'Propaganda' is mostly used in a negative sense, as in 'communist propaganda'.
    The word 'promotion' is often used in place of 'advertising'.

    They are promoting a new product.

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    Last edited by tedtmc; 13-Nov-2008 at 17:28.

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    Re: propaganda

    God, we have the same word in Portuguese... But as a synonym for advertisement... And I´ve just realized I´ve been using this word in English in a wrong way for many many years....

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    Re: propaganda

    Quote Originally Posted by beachboy View Post
    God, we have the same word in Portuguese... But as a synonym for advertisement... And I´ve just realized I´ve been using this word in English in a wrong way for many many years....
    You have probably been taken for an anti-capitalist then. There's no doubt that advertising is largely propaganda, but when you live in a capitalist society, you don't call it that.

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