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When did news outlets stop using words like "spin" and "propaganda"? When did these become "narratives" instead?

Asked by elbanditoroso (13680 points ) December 28th, 2013

I was listening to one of the new shows today, and the operative word these days appears to be “narrative”.

But that term seems to be utterly devoid of any serious meaning. It appears to mean “the story that one side is telling in order to arrange the facts in a way to convince you that they are right”.

But how does that differ from what we used to call “spin” (and we used to have spin-doctors to gussy up the message). Or even older – how is that any different from “propaganda”, which is a word with a much more negative connotation?

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