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PropagandaWhat are some examples of real life propaganda that is used in similar...

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spripoae | Student | eNotes Newbie

Posted April 16, 2010 at 12:02 PM via web

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What are some examples of real life propaganda that is used in similar ways to the propaganda from the book?

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted April 16, 2010 at 12:09 PM (Answer #2)

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To me, the clearest example of propaganda from the book is the Two Minutes Hate.  This, to me, is similar to a lot of the kind of political propaganda we see today.

In the Two Minutes Hate, people are encouraged to get really angry at Goldstein and the Eurasians, for example.  In our day, political rallies tend to be like this.  People tend to focus on things they hate, like President Obama.  This brings them together and makes them feel more united.

So I'd say that much modern propaganda is based on hatred of some enemy, just like the Two Minutes Hate is.

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epollock | Valedictorian

Posted May 10, 2010 at 5:44 PM (Answer #3)

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Real life examples are the way that many political talk shows are constructed. They don't really have any new ideas or ways of improving anything, they merely try to raise ire against the other party. This is too common nowadays and promotes fear, anxiety and hatred for other people and about our future.

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accessteacher | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted May 11, 2010 at 6:30 AM (Answer #4)

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I agree with epollock on this one. You might want to examine recent American Party political broadcasts to see how they are biased against the opposing party. Unfortunately, much of such media never really focusses on what the party themselves are saying or trying to promote or their political beliefs - they are merely focussed on attacking the opposing party. You also might like to consider some examples from political history in the twentieth century. The Russian paper Pravda (ironically meaning "truth") is a byword for propaganda and limiting knowledge. Googling this might give some interesting examples. Likewise the ways that Jews were represented under the Nazi regime. I would like to say that we have learned from these examples, but I fear we have not.

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