Compose a 1250 words assignment on use of stereotypes in propaganda.
Compose a 1250 words assignment on use of stereotypes in propaganda. Needs to be plagiarism free! How does the “substitution” take place? “Red” for “Communist”. “Huns” or “Boches” for Germans. “Yids” for Jews convey the propagandist’s animus against these groups. “From the atrocity stories against the Saracens during the Crusades and ridiculous tales of Belgian priests used as human bell-clappers, falsehood has always been part of the propagandist’s stock-in-trade.” (J. A. C. Brown. “Techniques of Persuasion, Propaganda, and Communications”)
But how does this “falsehood” influence people? Oliver Cromwell conjured up at pleasure terrible apparitions of agitators and levelers to frighten the respectable into supporting him. Napoleon Bonaparte used the Jacobin menace to stay in the saddle. President Bush exploited the Baghdad bogey to bolster up his position.
Indeed, James Thurber’s “The Day the Dam Broke” seems to offer a salutary paradigm of Bush administration’s policies on Iraq. In the short story, three men break into a preoccupied canter in downtown Columbus, Ohio, thereby spreading panic among fellow citizens. Within 10 minutes everybody else on the High Street is running. The townspeople are convinced that the dam has broken and is about to engulf them.
But what was the truth that was withheld from American people lest they should refuse to fall into the administration’s trap? The truth, Bertrand Russell once said, is what the police require you to prove! That definition helps, has indeed helped, governments almost everywhere burn any heretic, real or imaginary, with that kind of rubric.
“Between George Washington who could not tell a lie and Franklin D. Roosevelt who could not tell the truth stands Richard Nixon who cannot tell the difference” (“Harper” magazine. March 1983). .