Propagand Why Do Government Alter Information

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In the Oxford English dictionary propaganda is defined as “Information, especially of a biased or misleading nature, used to promote a political cause or point of view”. Propaganda appears in various forms as one can use different medias to spread it. We often see texts, posters, movies, pictures, speeches but websites or posts on social media can also be propaganda. Propaganda is a political tool, so it is often used by governments and not just in the past, there is still false information, propaganda, happening today. Propaganda is not exclusive to totalitarian states, democratic states also use it. The key question is: Why do governments alter information? Governments alter information to keep their population on their side. The government…show more content…
The message is clear: if you enlist in the army, you will be a noble man, a hero. In this case the government alters information by changing what war looks like. In reality participating in war is often traumatic and not all soldiers get to use modern equipment like motorcycles. This change is made so that citizens enroll in war. They don’t know what they’re signing up for. With propaganda wartime posters, governments fill young people’s heads with nationalistic ideals and images of heroism. By altering information the government can justify their vilentactions and enroll citizens in them. Ishikawa Tatsuzô was a Japanese writer who went to the front with the Japanese army in China. According to the Love, Hate & Propaganda documentary what he saw there was horrifying. Japanese soldiers slaughtered chinese civilians, they weren’t considered as humans. Tatsuzô’s mission was so depict the japanese army as heroes but he decided to tell the truth about what he saw. His writings were then heavily censored by the government and he was ostracized. This example shows two examples of the government altering information. First, the Japanese government told citizens that Chinese people were inferior and that invading their country and killing them was their duty. Therefore, the japanese soldiers were ruthless when fighting, resulting in a extremely violent…show more content…
According to the website Politifact, the president of the united States Donald Trump said on January 30th, 2018 that the immigration visa lottery “ randomly hands out green cards without any regard for skill, merit, or the safety of American people”. This statement has been proven false by politifact: “ While lottery applicants are randomly selected, they must meet education and work experience requirements. They must also be vetted by the United States government before being allowed to come to the United States.” So why would Trump lie? The answer is simple: he wants to create a fear of immigrants and immigration by implying that they are a threat to American citizen’s safety. If his manipulation works then people will vote for him because he offers anti-immigration laws and projects like his infamous wall on the border between Mexico and the United States of America. The government also lies about their achievements to keep people 's support. Donald Trump, again, said on December 29th, 2017: "We have signed more legislation than anybody. We broke the record of Harry Truman." (Politifact.com) This statement is false. According to Politifact, Trump signed the most bills of any president since Truman in his first hundred days but after one year in office he is the last of the 10 post-war presidents. He i lying about how efficient his
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