Animal Farm Propaganda

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Animal Farm: Timeless Propaganda Upon Animal Farm’s first publication in 1945, it quickly became a success and is now regarded as one of the best allegories of Soviet totalitarianism ever written. All of its characters provided a representation of Soviet Russia’s political figures, with its main character, Napoleon, illustrating Joseph Stalin and a corrupt totalitarian rule. The book parodies Stalin’s rise to power and his eventual total control of nearly every aspect of personal and private behavior. Animal Farm’s message does not strictly coincide to the events of the 1930’s, however. In Animal Farm, three specific tactics of propaganda arise which are visible today. These propaganda devices are fear, deceit, and isolationism.…show more content…
Shortly after their birth, Napoleon took the young puppies from the farm dogs in order to raise them personally. He completely isolated them from the rest of the animals in order to mold them into his own instruments of political oppression. Ahmadinejad does the same through strict isolation via information control. Any newspapers which post information deemed unfit for the Iranian public are quickly suspended. The journalists who wrote these articles are often arrested and imprisoned. Iran also has placed several restrictions on high speed internet in an effort to filter out Western influence. Iranian connection speeds were reduced to 128KB per second, making it impossible to receive fast broadband packages. This makes it impossible to receive any western movies, music, or television. They claim it as an attempt to protect Iranian youth, but quite plainly, it’s nothing more than a way of restricting any outside ideas and further strengthening their own. Animal Farm is a good example of how timeless certain techniques of propaganda can be. Even after almost 70 years, Animal Farm’s message of propaganda based totalitarianism still carry on. Current Iranian leader Mahmoud Ahmadinejad closely parallels Stalin’s methods of propaganda. Both have methods rooted in three main devices: fear, deceit, and isolationism. Through these devices, Ahmadinejad is able to mold Iranian ideas to fit his own. He sways public opinion and shows how
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