Wednesday, February 22, 2012


Propaganda comes in many shapes and forms. Perhaps you have seen some that look like this:

Or this:
Or even this:

For a class I took two years ago we were given a handout with different kinds of propaganda.
The top of handout says, "A number of techniques based in social psychological research are used to generate propaganda. Many of these same techniques can be found under logical fallacies, since propagandists use arguments that, while sometimes convincing, are not necessarily valid."
Some different kinds of propaganda are,
Ad nauseam: A simple slogan repeated enough times that it might be taken as the truth.
Appeal to fear: Pretty self explanatory.
Appeal to prejudice: Pretty self explanatory.
Beautiful people: Depicts famous or beautiful people and makes people think that if they can look like that certain person, they'll be perfect.
Black and white fallacy: There's only two choices. For example, "Join us or die."
An example of World War 1 propaganda that I thought was kind of funny was, "Bond slackers are Kaiser* backers."

*Kaiser- German leader.

For my World War 2 class, each student had to create a piece of propaganda that limits personal freedom.
Here is mine (NOTE: I do NOT believe the phrase I choose! I have nothing against homeschoolers OR public schoolers).
The propaganda says, "Don't pay the fool, go public school."

My dad (who helped me with this project) and I tried to make the homeschoolers look deformed, with flat heads, empty eyes, and three fingered hands. We also gave them shirts labeling them as "Home skolers" showing that they don't know how to spell... And of course, the jester hats to show that they are "play the fool" by not going public school.

I couldn't resist putting a piece of propaganda within a piece of propaganda....

A rejected phrase for my propaganda was, "Don't be foolish, avoid homeschoolish!"
Thanks but no thanks Dad.
On Tuesday when I brought my poster to class everyone loved it.
Mission accomplished.


  1. LOL Nice propaganda-within-propaganda!
    Homeschoolish? Sounds like a word I'd use xD

  2. I really like your propaganda! Mine was awesome too. Propaganda is a very interesting and sometimes bad thing. I kinda wish it didn't exist, but then life wouldn't be so interesting. :)
    See you soon!