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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