Wikipedia Page on Propaganda Techniques Uses 97% Meme

If 99 billion mouths agree, shouldn't you?

If 99 billion mouths agree, shouldn’t you?

Oh, this is too rich.

I’ve blogged before on how global warming alarmists use all of the standard propaganda techniques to convince the not very super-sophisticated masses, using Al Gore’s own words.

Well, it turns out the “97% of all scientists agree” meme is being used as an example on the Wikipedia Propaganda Techniques page:

Bandwagon

Bandwagon and “inevitable-victory” appeals attempt to persuade the target audience to join in and take the course of action that “everyone else is taking.”

Inevitable victory: invites those not already on the bandwagon to join those already on the road to certain victory. Those already or at least partially on the bandwagon are reassured that staying aboard is their best course of action. (e.g., “The debate is over. 97% of scientist agree”)

I wonder how long the example will stay there, without William Connolly to play gatekeeper. I also see “Hope and Change” is given as an example. Hmmm…sounds vaguely familiar.

Of course, Tom Steyer’s recent claim that 99.5% of the country is not “super sophisticated” when it comes to global warming beliefs is belied by the fact that research shows the more educated you are in math and science, the more likely you are to be a skeptic.

Being super sophisticated doesn’t mean being smart.

 

This article appeared on Dr. Spencer’s weblog at http://www.drroyspencer.com/

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