Nazi Propaganda and its influence on the people During the cold war, America spent millions and millions of dollars each year to supply rural Afghan children with school textbooks that show violent images and militant Islamic teachings in order to spark some kind of resistance to the current Soviet Union occupation that was taking place. Also during the cold war, the KGB, the respected intelligence agency had a whole propaganda campaign to convince developing countries that the CIA created the AIDS virus, so they would choose communism instead of capitalism. Propaganda has been around for many years and each year it gets better and more intelligent. It is no longer who has the biggest gun, but also you could make up smarter lies to get its own people and other behind them. Propaganda in techniques terms is the use of information especially of bias or misleading for a long-term political and social interest, mainly utilized by government and mostly used to win a war.
Wag the Dog, a movie based on the book “American Hero” by Larry Beinhart, gets its name from the quote: “Why does the dog wag its tail? Because it is smarter than its tail. If it wasn’t smarter the tail would wag the dog.” Before an election the president becomes entangled in a scandal of having an affair with an underage firefly girl, something similar to a girl scout. His advisor, played by Robert De Niro hires a Hollywood producer, played by Dustin Hoffman, to divert the media attention by creating a fake war. Although they keep having troubles with the fake war, including choosing a war hero, played by Woody Harrelson, who they find out is a war prisoner because he is criminally insane and after meeting up with Harrelson, he was
The purpose of the essay is to discuss the role played by propaganda in influencing the public opinion on both sides of the First World War. Propaganda is believed to be information that is often biased or misleading and used to promote a political course or point of view by certain group of people. Both the Central Powers and the Allied states used propaganda to win public support by influencing the way the public perceive the enemy. Both sides of the conflict used different methods to disseminate propaganda for war. Both sides of the conflict used propaganda to influence the public opinion during the Great War.
Bush and his administration in reference to the United States of America post-9/11 policies. to place it more accurately, he argues that the Bush administration skillfully used the shock that affected the country once the fear attacks, so as to attain its own goals, as well as the war in Iraq and Afghanistan. The author stands on the bottom that the United States of America authorities used mass media as means that of pressure on the mass audience. Moreover, media served as suggests that of psychological pressure on Americans since they accelerated the worry that flooded minds and souls of American individuals. At a similar time, the author implies that American’ reasoning skills were much unfit due to the overwhelming power of mass media that bombarded the consciousness of American citizens with terrible news and even additional terrible forecasts regarding the longer term of the USA (Gore, 2007).
In the movie Wag the Dog, the President of the United States is accused by a local firefly girl of sexual misconduct while privately showing her a bust inside the oval office. Conrad Brean must divert the attention of the press to save the campaign which is only eleven days away. A desperate Brean decides to do so by creating the appearance of a war in Albania because, well, frankly, “who knows anything about Albanians?” By employing a Hollywood producer, Motss, he manages to produce a war which captures the public’s attention just like Hollywood produces the Oscars and Miss America. To do this, Conrad and Motss employ several different sells strategies to keep the public’s attention diverted away from the accusation of sexual misconduct. The first of sells strategy presented in the movie is that of the president’s electoral campaign.
All the President’s Men tends to make a huge deal about reporting, alter facts and leave out a few crucial people within the scandal investigation. With proper background knowledge and further research into the Watergate scandal, the viewer can tell that there are some brief exaggerations. Like the film’s reporters, in today’s world, news reporters are always trying to get the next best story. They will do anything and everything possible to get the truth behind a hot story. Many famous people now a days can’t walk a few steps without being bombarded by the media.
The play Dog Act is an unconventional play written in a post-apocalyptic setting during which the main characters Zetta and Dog are on an adventure to see "China," a famous region in the world at the time of the play. Liz Duffy Adams, the playwright, wrote the play and relayed her blueprints, the script, to directors Mandy Fox and Joe Kopyt, who worked with designers to create and present a world of their own imagination based on Adams ' script. The unique interpretation included eccentric costumes for each character, bold yet subtle implications toward sexuality and gender, as well the moving storylines executed well by the actors. The costumes a character wears are often indicative of their personality, class, and their overall characterization.
The desire to maintain power and authority is scrutinised in the film and dishonesty and deception in the political area appear normalised, so they can keep their positions of power at all cost, shows us the worst of human nature. The ironic line “Why does a dog wag its tail? Because a dog is smarter than its tail, if the tail were smarter, the tail would wag the dog” explains the film 's title, showing us that, in fact, the tail is smarter than then the dog. Conrad Brean being the metaphorical tail to the dog, holds the power, influencing the information being spread through the media, while the dog represents the public, blindly believing what they are told. Levinson depicts the American public as uncritical, oblivious and passive consumers of TV content.
In the books Catch 22, by Joseph Heller, and Call of the Wild, by Jack London, the main characters, Buck the dog, and John Yossarian struggle with the realization that they lack power. They both journey through the books to regain power and control over their own lives. While they both eventually manage to reclaim their power and pride, they accomplish this in very different manners. A key part in each story, is the state of the two main characters, Yossarian and Buck. In the beginning of Call of the Wild, Buck is lazily “ruling” the estate he lives on, confident that everything is fine.