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Propaganda, Media, and the Making of a President

August 27, 2010
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Propaganda, Media, and the Making of a President

August 27, 2010
COM/220

Propaganda, Media, and the Making of a President
Dr. Joseph Goebbels
Dr. Joseph Goebbels
The use of propaganda is as popular today for swaying public opinion as it was from 1933 to 1945 in war ravaged Germany. If Nazi Propaganda Minister Joseph Goebbels were alive today, he would be proud to see his propaganda machine being utilized by the U.S. Government to manipulate the masses and used by political parties to elect presidents. From mass print to the “tenth great power” the internet, the persons in control manipulate the masses and systematically destroy our freedoms to truthful information.
World War II Propaganda Poster
World War II Propaganda Poster
In 1938 Nazi Propaganda Minister Joseph Goebbels, filled the airwaves with propaganda that led to absolute control of the mass media to the Nazi Party and its Propaganda machine. It was about control, if you control what the masses hear and see, then you control the masses. Goebbels referred to the radio as the “Eighth Great Power”.
Through mass exploitation of the media, and control of incoming and outgoing information, propaganda stands as the most effective form of control over swaying public opinion. “Propaganda has been practiced since earliest times, but modern mass media has made it much easier to appeal to wide domestic and foreign audiences” (Hutchinson, 2009, para.5). In an information age, he who controls the information controls the masses.
What is Propaganda?
World War II American Propaganda Poster
World War II American Propaganda Poster
Propaganda could be broadly defined as an attempt to sway public opinion through various means (Columbia University Press, 2009, para. 1). Hutchinson (2008) describes three types of propaganda: black...

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