Propaganda and Censorship Unnoticed

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Introduction “I want YOU for U.S. Army” reads the famous World War propaganda poster. Uncle Sam, the famous American national personification and narrator of that famous line, was a form of propaganda used to coerce Americans into joining the army. It is widely known that propaganda and censorship played a huge role in the Great Wars and it is popular belief that it is limited to that time in world history, a clear misconception. The Merriam-Webster Dictionary definition reveals that propaganda can be used with the aim of helping an institution yet being called a propagandist is seen as more of accusation than of praise. Historians who analysed propaganda of the past tagged it as negative, and always highlight its negative effects. This has made the public to see propaganda as disdainful. Censorship was used unwaveringly by the militaries involved in the World Wars and throughout history. My concern is that people believe that censorship is almost non-existent and only present in places such as age restrictions for entertainment, and few other places. These uses generally have public support. Although many people are oblivious to it, propaganda and censorship are still existent and still have significant effects on the general public that may be even greater than in the past. This shouldn’t be so. War Propaganda and Governments’ role The government has long used propaganda as a key for support from the public or as a means of convincing the public abou¬t certain issues. In both of the World Wars propaganda and censorship both played very important roles. In Great Britain, the most common forms of propaganda that the British government used were: Posters, film, press and literature, all of which portrayed the enemy in a f... ... middle of paper ... ...e you realise that you may be a target of propaganda or censorship and be patient to react. Works Cited Brady, Anne-Marie. “The Beijing Olympics as a Campaign of Mass Destruction”. The China Quarterly. 197. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press. 2009. Web. 26 Jan., 2011. Deva, Surya. “Corporate Complicity in Internet Censorship in China: Who Cares for the Global Compact or the Global Online Freedom Act?” The George Washington International Law Review. Washington, DC: The George Washington Intl Law Review. 2007. Web. 31 Jan., 2011. Kumar, Deepa. “Media, War, and Propaganda: Strategies of Information Management During the 2003 Iraq War”. London, UK: Routledge, Taylor and Francis Group. 2006. Print. 6 Feb., 2011. Jowett, Garth and Victoria O’Donnell. “Propaganda and Persuasion”. Newbury Park, CA: Sage Publications, (2nd ed.) 1992. Print. 4 Jan., 2011.
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