The Role Of Propaganda In The Nazi (стр. 2 из 2)

In their quest for both world and racial domination, the Nazis covered all possible

territory/subject-matter, and all possible means of accomplishing their goal. They

monopolized and strictly monitored all branches of the communications and media

industry. By doing this, the Nazis only allowed the people to hear what they wanted

them to hear, and nothing more. In the midst of a major economic depression, the

German people were both vulnerable and desperate, and the unemployment rate was

very high. Thus, many people had nothing else to do beside listen to the radio and read

the newspaper. Naturally, there was no commercial or industrial market, almost

everything fitting into those two categories was failing, so it was not difficult to take

over. Hitler’s plan was working very well.

Reflecting on the manner in which the term “propaganda” is used in this paper, it could

be understandable why one could see the word as a negative term. Even though the

dictionary defines “propaganda” as publicity to either further or damage one’s cause, I

am unable to picture myself defining Hitler’s publicity scheme as merely marketing,

promotion, or advertising. Rather, I see it as a disgusting form of “disinformation” (See,

p. 1). In conclusion, even though the word, “propaganda,” can be used in reference to

either positive or negative campaigning, it is how we have come to, most often,

identify ideology which we do not approve of or think not to be true.

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