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Experience

posted Oct 17, 2011, 10:50 AM by Kyle Bergmann   [ updated Oct 17, 2011, 11:09 AM ]
To see the bits and pieces of a time in history that most would rather forget shows how times can abruptly change, for better or, for most times, worse. Observing the photos, posters, and artifacts from the times of the Nazi Empire shows a darker side to human nature, one that somehow was started by a man who would eventually rise up to become their tyrant leader. It's true that these simple relics of a time burned into history can bring fear and hatred to many people, even to those who weren't there during the time. I admit, I too feel a hint of dread just by looking at these images from over seventy years ago, but it's mostly because of the thought that one man, who saw himself as a superior being towards all others races, could influence so many into following his path of national discrimination, eventually leading to full-on war. But it wasn't just his wartime experience that made Adolf Hitler the symbol of Nazi control. He also relied on a factor that even we still used to this day: Propaganda. Propaganda is basically the influencing of a certain group of people in order to benefit a person or group. Hitler used multiple propaganda during his time as Chancellor of Germany to help gather people to his causes. After the end of WWII, propaganda continued to be used to influence others from other nations and groups. Propaganda is even used to this day, but to a far less intimidating manner. today, we use propaganda to support groups with benefits, such as advertisements for Newport Cigarettes http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KPCMnZ-1HNE and even the Pepsi Generation http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QWQkf0w5JR4. While it does have a dark history of its own, propaganda has been a major influence throughout the years for many subjects, even media. It only depends on the purpose to the cause that defines the propaganda.
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