Propaganda & Mass Persuasion: CPI - Spies and Lies

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

CPI - Spies and Lies

"German agents are everywhere, eager to gather scraps of news about our men, our ships, our munitions...it is possible to get information through to Germany, where thousands of these fragments- often individually harmless - are pieced together into a whole which spells death to American soldiers and danger to American homes. Report the man who spreads pessimistic stories, divulges or seeks confidential military information, cries for peace, or belittles our efforts to win the war." (United States Gov't Comm. on Public Information)


CPI is clearly spreading propaganda and paranoia throughout the United States. They are basically stating that in order to be considered an "American," you must support your government, agree with the decisions they make and turn in your neighbor or friend if they do not!
Be suspicious of everyone around you, take note of what the "unpatriotic" are saying and if you have to, for your country of course, turn them in to the Department of Justice. If you do not support the war, you are not American. CPI is getting the message across to fear the enemy, trust the government, not your friends, co-workers or neighbors.

1 Comments:

Blogger A. Mattson said...

There really are spies during wartime. And keeping information secure is important. That said, the creation of a constant level of fear and anxiety is an important part of wartime propaganda. This kind of message also validates our importance: What you say and do matters, it has consequence. That makes us feel important, which boosts morale.

3/05/2008 10:04 PM  

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