What is propaganda?
According to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary Propaganda is:
1 capitalized : a congregation of the Roman curia having jurisdiction over missionary territories and related institutions
2: the spreading of ideas, information, or rumor for the purpose of helping or injuring an institution, a cause, or a person
3: ideas, facts, or allegations spread deliberately to further one's cause or to damage an opposing cause ; also : a public action having such an effect
Throughout the twentieth century, propaganda has become a cultural phenomenon where both individuals and institutions have used propaganda in a major effort to persuade others of their ideological views and cultural values. Modern technology creating mass media, radio, television, and film, allowed propaganda to be spread like never before. It has become more systematic and further reaching than previous forms of cultural communication.
Why does it work?
Propaganda plays on the emotions of the audience. By bombarding society "facts" about an idea, person or institution, either favorable or dispariging, the people begin to accept it as the status quo. The ideas are put forth as facts with conviction, so people accept them into their lives without much hesitation.
Propaganda of The Cold War!
The Cold War was fueled by propaganda world-wide. Both Soviet and American governments utilized all forms of the media and culture at their disposal to promote certain ideologies. This portfolio will explore how and why the opposing sides used propaganda to affect public opinion and maintain order within the country.