Propaganda And Its Effects On World War II

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Propaganda is most commonly associated with World War II, yet in our modern day society, we are still inundated with many forms of propaganda, both directly and indirectly. With current events such as the controversial election of President Donald Trump, propaganda has once again moved to the forefront of people’s minds, with an influx of ‘fake news’ and scandalous stories on an almost daily basis, as a consequence of the rise of social media. One example of a piece of modern propaganda is an infographic retweeted by Trump in November 2015, presenting false crime statistics based on race. The image features a dark-skinned male sporting a bandana and a handgun in an aggressive pose - aimed to impose a sense of alarm in readers - and some…show more content…
Notably, the information supplied by the FBI for 2014 states white homicides by a black offender is in reality at 15% - a far cry from the 81% claimed - and whites killed by whites is in fact at 82% - a drastic difference to the 16% specified on the infographic posted by the hopeful President (FBI). The fear and negativity conveyed by the image and its intended message only augments the existing prejudices and attitudes of Trump’s supporters, fortifying their white supremacist attitudes and encouraging conformation to the viewpoint of his campaign. Aside from the appeal to fear as a form of propaganda, the infographic also uses an appeal to authority – although the Crime Statistics Bureau is fictional, the seeming authoritative source gives readers the impression the information is accurate and trustworthy – albeit completely false in this situation, and the fact the image was spread by the now-President, there is a sense of trust associated with someone with such power for many people . The authors of the image also use stereotyping and scapegoating to arouse fear and relieve guilt in readers – by applying a ‘hostile’ label to the black race, it alleviates shame from viewers for feelings of guilt, and appeals to the prejudices held. Cumulatively, these techniques are very effective in their intended goal of justifying racist behaviour and stereotyping – particularly for those
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