The Importance Of Propaganda

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Propaganda is defined as, “ideas, facts, or allegations spread deliberately to further one 's cause or to damage an opposing cause” (Webster Dictionary). Lynette Finch defined propaganda as “the manipulation of opinions and attitudes by social suggestion.” (Lynette Finch, “Psychological Propaganda: The War of Ideas on Ideas During the Twentieth Century,” Armed Forces & Society 26, no. 3 (2000): pg. 368). Even after World War II ended in 1945, elements of propaganda have continued to stay in newspaper, magazine, news channel, radio station, advertisements, and the minds of German, Japanese, and American people. Propaganda in the United States had a few main themes, The nature of our allies (teamwork and a sense of brotherhood), The need to …show more content…
Images, movies and posters were being produced to make each side seem like they were the good guy, and that the opposing side was evil and out to destroy all others. Propaganda was often described as being used to “dehumanize and demonize” the Japanese, Americans and Germans. Degrading, and blowing stereotypes out of proportion was a common technique to keep battles heated, and the population united. Posters, and commercials encouraged the public to do their part in the War Effort. The war across the world was going on back home also, the population had to step up and make drastic changes in the economy. Citizens would enlist, buy war bonds, and encourage women to take over important roles while men fought in the distant countries. Propaganda is one of the most famous techniques of “mind-games” that countries play on each other while in combat. Tricking their own citizens into giving the war a positive “winning patriotism” mood. In a twisted way, it guilt tripped many into thinking that if they weren’t part of the cause, then they were useless. As part of this, many propaganda advertisements to encourage the reader to enlist.
Propaganda also caused a wave of racism, by using generic pictures of the Japanese and Germans that were based off stereotypes. Along with depictions of Germans raping women in movies, and committing crimes. It altered “social
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His mother goes to describe the ‘good’ and the ‘bad’ mushrooms, comparing them to people. The poisonous mushroom, of course being the Jewish men and woman. The novel claims that the Jew poses a deadly threat not only to the survival of the German people, and it 's well being, but for mankind itself. It taught kids that Germany had an obligation to warn the rest of the world about the Jews, so that other countries would not fall in the same unfortunate line as Germany. In 1925, Adolf Hitler released Volume 1 of his autobiography titled Mein Kampf. The book sold a total of 9,473 copies within its first year, he wrote this exposition of a nightmare whilst sitting in Landsberg Prison. This generation of corruption was labeled the “Hitler Youth”, a population reaching its end today. In German propaganda, the Jewish people were depicted as greedy thieves, running banks and robbing everyone who were attempting to displace Germany society. “Since the Jew is not the attacked but the attacker, not only anyone who attacks passes as his enemy, but also anyone who resists him.” (Adolf Hitler, Mein

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