Friday, April 1, 2016

OBEY Propaganda

Propaganda. What is propaganda? Propaganda is defined as " ideas or statements that are often false or exaggerated and that are spread in order to help a cause, a political leader, a government, etc". Propaganda is usually associated with an intention of evil. As seen in the past, during WW2, Adolf Hitler used propaganda to spread fear and hatred of Jews, homosexuals, and anyone who was not of the German race. Today we can see similar traits of propaganda being used by politicians. Donald Trump is a prime example of "hate" propaganda similar to that of Hitler's. Trump's campaign is built on a war against illegal immigrants most notably Mexican immigrants. Trump uses the term "Make America Great Again" which is basically saying we were once great and no longer are. this is also linked to a topic we covered earlier in our class "enthymeme". However, not all propaganda is linked to hate. The OBEY company is very famous for it's murals and clothing they produced to educate the public on current events around the world. Also OBEY uses propaganda to educate on how not to fall for propaganda which is quite ironic. The means in which propaganda is spread is limitless. Propaganda is spread through advertisement such as Trump's hats with his campaign slogan, the internet, billboards, news papers, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and the list can go on. as a person who is constantly barraged by propaganda daily, the knowledge to take away from this post is to understand the missing premises within propaganda. What is the true underlying massage?


By Zachary Kenney

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