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Propagating the faith

by Archives February 12, 2008

According to propaganda theorist
Randal Marlin, propaganda is
“the organized attempt to affect belief or action, or to inculcate attitudes in a large audience in ways that circumvent or suppress an individual’s adequately informed, rational, reflective judgment.”
In WWII, propaganda played a crucial role in boosting moral, intimidating the enemy, recruiting civilians for the war effort, and convincing allies to enter the war. Propaganda posters simplified the message to the populace, targeting their emotions. They fueled hatred for the enemy, while at the same time seeking to intimidate that same enemy.
The goal was to convert the enemy into a inhuman creature, instilling the public with a fear of inaction in the face of their enemy. Every message was black and white-the good guy verses the bad guy.

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