Anti-communist propaganda posters

Some great examples of anti-communist posters that were produced during the cold war in the USA

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What do we actually mean by the term propaganda? “Propaganda is a form of communication aimed towards influencing the attitude of the community toward some cause or position by presenting only one side of an argument. Propaganda statements may be partly false and partly true. Propaganda is usually repeated and dispersed over a wide variety of media in order to create the chosen result in audience attitudes.”

These examples are pretty extreme, but when faced with the amount of media products as we are in contemporary life, how do we differentiate between messages that are information, those that are persuasive and those that are propaganda or opinions?

We need to have a nose for ideology – I understand ideology to mean that which is presented as neutral or impartial, but is in fact the opposite.

Have a look at these posters and try to establish how the images and language are designed to confer a far from balance opinion. What knowledge claims are implicit in these images that do not stand up to scrutiny?

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