Wartime Propaganda

World War One


Information, especially of a biased or misleading nature, used to promote or publicize a particular political cause or point of view.
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  • Propagandist use this method by associating a well respected and widely known figure to endorse a situation, giving their approval and hoping the audience will follow.
  • This particular poster is referring to young adult males who are prime examples as to who should enter into the U.S. army at this time.
  • It provokes a sense of pride and patriotism, making it seem as if the intended audience it part of something larger.
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Band Wagon

  • This technique is used to persuade individuals to follow the crowd.
  • This poster, as well as this first, is targeted toward young adult males/males in their mid-twenties.
  • It provokes the desire to be a part of something bigger, a sense of nationalism and pride. By saying "Will you fill it?", the author also provokes a sense of guilt in the targeted audience, showing that many people have enlisted, why haven't you?
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Glittering Generalities

  • The usage of vague, sweeping statements that are associated with values and beliefs held by the targeted audience. Glittering generality propaganda often involve slogans and catchphrases.
  • The targeted audience, again, would be young adult males of the time.
  • By saying "A Wonderful Opportunity for YOU", this poster is appealing to sensations of honor, desire to serve, nationalism, freedom, and glory.
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Name Calling

  • This type of propaganda involves putting a negative label on an idea or person.
  • This specific poster is targeted toward primarily the U.S., almost in a mocking sense.
  • This poster provokes senses of hate, but also nationalism. CItizens relate Osama Bin Laden to terrorist attacks made on the United States as well as many casualties in modern military. It provokes nationalism in the sense that our country is a whole, and we will work together to bring justice to those who do us wrong.