Use Of Film As A Propaganda Tool

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Propaganda, can be defined as the capacity of a person to produce and disseminate “attractive” and reproducible messages that once seeded they will greatly influence human cultures.
The end of the 19th and the beginning of the 20th century were periods during which propagandistic activities flourished. The development of mass media along with unprecedented advances in transportation and communication, due to innovative new technologies that came with industrial revolution, resulted to the formation of mass audiences for propaganda, in all sectors and for different purposes. All different media such as print, films, radio and television contributed to this new era, offering their unique characteristics for exploitation. In this essay, I am going to focus on the particular use of film as a propaganda tool.
A propaganda film, can take either the form of a documentary film production or a fictional screenplay that aims at convincing the audience about certain issues. They can be driven by politics, social conflicts, environmental problems or simply personal incentives. Propagandistic content in films can be realistic so as to reflect actual problems and/or situations or specifically formed aiming at misleading large masses of the population on certain matters and alter their perception.
The first acknowledged propaganda film was a series of short silent films, produced during the Spanish-American war in 1898 by the Vitagraph Studios. Moreover, in 1918, Charlie
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