I wanted to create a website section devoted to articles about propaganda, disinformation, brainwashing, etc. But it occurred to me that I should include manipulation, which really goes hand in hand with propaganda.
An example of manipulation would be an undercover cop posing as a protester or the government stopping a protest by imposing a curfew. Of course, propaganda itself is ultimately a form of manipulation.
Anyway, I was trying to think of a clever term that embraces propaganda and manipulation both. I eventually gave up and have tentatively named the section PDM - an acronym for Propaganda, Deception and Manipulation.
But before I commit myself, I thought I'd ask if anyone can suggest a better term for propaganda & manipulation. I'd prefer a term that is clearly political. (I've already rejected the word chicanery.) However, terms that aren't strictly political might work as well. I'm really shooting in the dark.