Pro-pa-gan-da : ideas or statements that are often false
or exaggerated and that are spread in order to help a
cause, a political leader, a government, etc. -Merriam
And what's the best way to spread ideas?
"The most obvious examples of propaganda occur
during wartime, when it is used domestically to
foster support, recruitment, and production for
war, and externally to enlist allies, deceive
enemy combatants, or persuade them to
surrender." - Marshall, D (2008). Propaganda. In
Encyclopedia of Social Problems.
"The high rates of
venereal diseases among
military personnel also
led the U.S. War
Department to institute
campaigns during World
Wars I and II" Joseph, D.
Dictionary of American
citizens to buy
This cartoon drawn on an envelope dates back to the civil war.
Before the advent of radio or television, political cartoons
played a major role in exposing political corruption
and social problems.
This cartoon shed light on the hypocrisy of America protesting the exclusion of
Jewish American people in Russia at the same time Chinese people were being
excluded from America.
This cartoon depicts the
statue of liberty
covering her eyes as
the terrorist attacks of
9/11 take place.
The Power of Pictures lesson notes say "Works of
art often aim to transform more than to inform."
Nowhere is this more true than in the arena of
political art. This type of art is powerful (and
potentially dangerous) because it aims to shape
our political views and ones political views are a
gateway into their minds and hearts. For better or
worse art has aided people in their navigation and
understanding of the political world.