Thesis Analysis: The Use Of Propaganda In The Cold War

The Use of Propaganda in the Cold War: Thesis Analysis

Logan, Matthew J. "We Say All the Real Things. And We Believe Them:” The Establishment of the United States Information Agency, 1953. Master’s thesis, University of Victoria (Canada), 2012. Accessed September 28, 2016, ProQuest Dissertations Publishing.

The author’s purpose in his thesis is to explain the United States need for a proper, functioning propaganda system after World War II and during the Cold War. By using official documents from the United States Department of State, presidential speeches and official letters, press releases, etc. the author builds his case around the need for a bigger and better propaganda machine to win the “struggle for the hearts and minds of men,
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He also uses a large amount of secondary sources such as: journal articles, scholarly Internet websites, magazines, autobiographies, biographies, monograms, newspaper articles, as well as narratives. Overall, the author listed over 165 sources in his bibliography and his thesis had over 245 footnotes.
In his thesis, he has the following contents: A word on Terminology, an introduction, three chapters and an Afterward. In his “Word on Terminology, he explains the definition of propaganda and it’s primary uses. He also alludes that there are two types of propaganda: overt and covert. He also discusses psychological warfare. Overt propaganda, by his definition, is:
Information created to educate the intended audience about certain ‘truths’ and, as such, is disseminated in an undisguised fashion so as to reach as many people as possible. The source of the information is freely acknowledged. Whether or not the information issued as overt propaganda is entirely based on fact, or if the biases or ideology it reflects mislead its audience, is irrelevant to its categorization as overt
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The lack of continuity in our propaganda efforts after the end of the Cold War lead other nations to think of us as imperialists’ who only thought of ourselves. It also lead to our government being in a bad position after the 9/11 attacks, because Americans could not understand why we were being attacked and hated by other governments. As one former USIA director stated, “it is not Americans who are hated, it is the policies of our

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