WWI Propaganda Rough Draft
Propaganda is a form of communication that is aimed at influencing the attitude of a community toward some cause or position by presenting only one side of an argument. Propaganda is usually repeated and distributed over a wide variety of broadcasting in order to create the chosen result in audience attitudes. It often presents facts selectively (thus possibly lying by omission) to encourage a particular synthesis, or uses loaded messages to produce an emotional rather than rational response to the information presented. The preferred result is a change of the attitude toward the subject in the targeted audience to further a political or religious plan. Propaganda can be used as a form of political warfare. During World War I the government needed citizens to fight in the war, and to think what they wanted them to think. To accomplish this, the government used a technique known as propaganda to influence the minds of American citizens. These techniques were generally practiced through the media. This propaganda in the media would give one-sided information, to convince you to think a certain way. This was how the government persuaded the citizens to think one way, and to do what they wanted. I do not approve of these methods of persuasion. In this essay, I will explicate why I personally disagree with the methods of propaganda. Recapping from the first paragraph, propaganda is the way in which the media induces a person to their way of thinking by showing one sided views of an occurrence to change their attitudes towards that event or to “mask the truth.” The government, as a means to accomplish all their major objectives during the war, used propaganda. Propaganda played a major role in winning over the citizens of the Unites States of America during World War I. The governments’ use of propaganda helped gain support for the war, and also created a high morale of the people. Although the government used...
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