Propaganda & Mass Persuasion: Media: Ploy for Patriotism

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Media: Ploy for Patriotism

"NEW YORK SHELLED ON 'MOVIE' SCREEN" was the title of the 1915 newspaper article that put media propaganda to light. This highly criticized article analyzed the movie "The Battle Cry for Peace", which was more of a governmental ploy to instill patriotism into the average American to promote the need for greater security in America. During this time of war and blood shed the movie showed the results of a defenseless America while flashing such ploys as wave flagging and an accent of authority. These are the suggestive tools to persuade the American people to join the national arms or just have the moral support for the war. This highly suggestive film was shown in special meetings to soldiers to keep their hearts and minds on the war effort, this film is no different than the racial suggestiveness of "birth of a nation". This movie showed the direction America has chosen to continue to hold its hierarchy in power over all minds which time has shown, media has become the major tool to spread the ideas that America needs us to believe to maintain their order of stability.


Blogger A. Mattson said...

A good post, but there is one problem here. The movie was made in 1915 and we did not enter the war until 1917.

This was pro-war propaganda of the preparedness movement which was agitating for our nation to join the fray.

The power of images is being mobilized to excite the population into action, just like "Birth of a Nation"

3/05/2008 9:59 PM  

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