You'll Love This Download If:
- You’re interested in how art and advertising have been involved in propaganda
- You’re interested in how propaganda has evolved over time
In this download from Print magazine’s October 2013 issue, Steven Heller explores the art of lying and how propaganda has been used to manipulate the masses. Steven takes readers on a tour of past advertisements that used propaganda to get the masses to believe in what the governments and companies wanted them to believe.
Inside Propaganda: The Art of Lying You'll Find:
- Some interesting history of propaganda and how big lies were believed
- Interesting examples of how propaganda and advertising went hand-in-hand
The noun “propaganda” makes people think about the verb “to lie” because in the 20th century, “the big lie” was defined by the Nazi’s Ministry of Public Enlightenment and Propaganda. In his prison memoir, “Mein Kampf” (“My Struggle”), Adolf Hitler wrote: “[I]n the big lie there is always a certain force of credibility; because the broad masses of a nation are always more easily corrupted in the deeper strata of their emotional nature than consciously or voluntarily; and thus in the primitive simplicity of their minds they more readily fall victims to the big lie than the small lie, since they them-selves often tell small lies in little matters but would be ashamed to resort to large-scale falsehoods.” He added, “It would never come into their heads to fabricate colossal untruths, and they would not believe that others could have the impudence to distort the truth so infamously.”
Propaganda Minister Joseph Goebbels made that theory Nazi pol-icy with these words: “Make the lie big, make it simple, keep saying it and, eventually, they will believe it.” This download shows some creative and scary examples of propaganda and how the narrative intentionally enters the conscious and subconscious with predictable consequences.