Propaganda

We have talked about the use of propaganda as part of our novel studies this year.  Propaganda is a type of message aimed at influencing the opinions or behaviour of people. Instead of impartially providing information, propaganda is often deliberately misleading, using logical fallacies, that, while sometimes convincing, are not necessarily valid. Here are two examples from World War Two. Go here to see more.

German Nazi euthanasia propaganda

This poster basically argued that the care of each “undesirable” cost the “undue burden” of 60,000 marks of German taxpayer money over the patient’s lifetime, and that a publication called the New Folk contained a better – indeed, a “final” – solution to the difficulty.

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