Animal Farm: Propaganda Then and Now

As you know from your reading, Squealer is the master of propaganda in Animal Farm.  While it is easy to Google propaganda from earlier eras in history (i.e. Nazi propaganda, communist propaganda), what propaganda have you seen in the world more recently (within the last 10 years or so)?  Consider recent or ongoing political elections, international news, or even local politics.  [Hint: you will find a lot of propaganda in internet memes.]

  1. Give your example of RECENT propaganda by describing it and/or providing a link to a picture of it.
  2. Explain why it constitutes propaganda rather than news or information.
  3. Identify the target audience of the propaganda and what its purveyor hopes to achieve by using it.

Once you have posted your idea using your first name and last initial, read the ideas posted by your peers. Reply thoughtfully to at least one other peer.  What did you learn from his/her idea?  Compliment strong points made, ask questions, make connections, and build on the ideas shared.  If you disagree, remember to do so thoughtfully and with evidence to back up your opinion. Remember to criticize IDEAS and not people.

3 Responses to Animal Farm: Propaganda Then and Now

  1. Ronan M. says:

    2.) This is propaganda rather than news or information because it deceives the viewer by showing them fake and biased views of America, which is North Korea’s main enemy, in an extremely unglorified and negative light that is often outright made up.
    3.) The target audience for these pieces of propaganda is the North Korean general population; The leaders of North Korea is spreading it to make the public believe that America is a lawless anarchy, whilst putting themselves on a pedestal to make them look greater than they really are.

    • Tori P. says:

      I agree with what you said about the images showing a fake and biased view of America from North Korea’s point of view. Being America’s biggest enemy means that they will try to showcase America in the worst way possible. I like how you said that the North Korean leaders who made the propaganda push themselves up while putting America down at the same time.

  2. Tori P. says:
    This is propaganda and not news or information because the image depicts what a great deal of people are like in today’s society. People are all about social media, and how many “likes” they got on their most recent photo. The picture shows that the first thing many people do when they have something exciting to share is put it on facebook, instagram, or twitter.
    This propaganda is meant for anyone that uses any type of social media or social media app. It is showing how social media changes our lives. Many people base their lives on how other people live, or by how influencers live their lives. We see someone we look up to using a certain product, and it becomes our new favorite thing. The image shows how dependent we are on the internet and online communication. If it’s not on facebook, it didn’t happen.

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