Propaganda, what is propaganda?
Many different sources including the dictionary describe propaganda to be information promoting a certain person or groups views on a certain topic. Usually propaganda is biased showing only the positive points of the cause/event being promoted, on the other hand propaganda can also be used to promote the weaknesses of the opposing entity to the main idea being promoted e.g. in the second world war america used posters like such to promote the need for a countrywide war machine fundraising effort.
War can be a big motivator of propaganda creation as mentioned, but on the other hand prevention of war can produce some of the best propaganda out there. For example during the Cold War era propaganda was based around intelligence gathered by both the US and Soviet forces. Recently it has been publicly released that the US were using ex-Nazis to gather intelligence on the Soviets.
Propaganda in Eve
In Eve there has been many cases of propaganda both successful and not as successful, there are even ongoing propaganda campaigns. Recently you may have read an article I published called ‘Rise up for Phoebe’, this article managed to achieve 1000 views in a 24 hour period with little advertising. People who viewed this article were able to see that there are players out there who are interested in taking advantage of the upcoming ‘patch’. So far pre-patch I have successfully taken over a few R16’s from Pandemic Legion (PL) with the help of not only the alliance I am in, but with the help of other groups who are interested in seeing what the patch will bring pre and post patch. The process of taking these moons has shown much about how PL and other groups like them are going to react to players in their current space post-patch.
Over the two day period of taking these pos’s PL only showed up twice, the first time being half-way through bashing the pos’s. PL brought a cyno fitted Rapier which we knew would try to drop capital ships on our small fleet, so we decided to set up a trap and draw the Rapier close to us, eventually the rapier came within range of one of the stealth bombers and uncloaked. All ships uncloaked/entered system and engaged the rapier, luckily the Rapier died before any cyno could go up. Unfortunately for the Rapier we also managed to catch his pod. The second time PL showed up was for the end of the reinforcement timers where they brought one unfitted Raptor toon as a scout and a second toon in a Phantasm as DPS. Initially the Phantasm tried shooting at the small fleet we had on the pos’s, he did not succeed in killing anything. Later on into the bash the Phantasm pilot sent a member of the fleet a conversation invite to let him know that his corp no longer wished to hold the moons and that he would help us bash the pos’s. Lo and behold the pilot lived up to his word and helped bash one pos before leaving system, it has now been one week since we took these moons and no one has tried to take them off of our hands.
Propaganda In Eve Since Phoebe Announcement
Since the pos bashing there has been more propaganda put out by many alliances/corporations about the upcoming patch changes, one case in particular I want to focus on is the creation of a new alliance called ‘Phoebe Freeport Republic’. This alliance has started recruiting members via mass propaganda posting, a couple of sources of propaganda they’ve made are this reddit post and this imgur creation. Both propaganda sources promise those that join the alliance a space in a ‘crusade to fill the looming power gap and build a brand new empire’. This to many players out there fills their hearts and minds with joy as they have a chance to join a bunch of players who want to try and take advantage of the game mechanic changes coming next patch (4th November 2014).
What the players who sign up to this alliance don’t realise is that they will be joining a group which is run by ex-BRAVE/TEST leadership and will be run in a similar way those alliances are run, similar doctrines and all (not the best killboard for such a great alliance right?). These players also don’t realise that the region ‘Phoebe Freeport Republic’ is aiming to take is currently not only inhabited by renters who own sovereignty space there but at least 3 established alliances in the immediate area which were planning to also take Etherium Reach. Admittedly this is not the case anymore, due to poor diplomatic encounters with Freeport Republics leadership they have annoyed the local inhabitants to the point they will now make it a living nightmare for Freeport to take any sov in Etherium Reach.
This article is aimed at making everyone who reads it look into the propaganda they see before biting the bait and falling for it, there will always be a ‘dark’ side to these ‘promising’ ideas.
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