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Media and Propaganda Media and propaganda have played an important role in swaying and pacifying the opinions of the people of nations throughout wars in the twentieth century Media is information and news that is brought about by an organization which is set to inform the public of ongoing happenings and events nationally and internationally World Book vol 13 Propaganda is a form of media newspapers radio television posters books and other publications any systematic widespread dissemination which is twisted and changed in an attempt to change the views of people usually in the time of war Propaganda has to appeal to its audience in three ways call for action or opinion make the action or opinion sound right and moral and it must provide a pleasant feeling World Book Encyclopedia Vol 15 These significant factors can drastically turn the tides of war in only a short time The Cold War was a war unlike any other It was not a blood bath as the wars in the past The Cold War was not fought with soldiers and weaponry it was a political and economical competition between the Soviet Union and the United States Two major weapons used in this conceptual war were media and propaganda Posters letters and television ploys were just a few of the ways propaganda was applied to the battle Two major components of the war was the space race and the nuclear arms race The US and the Soviet Union contended with each other to see who could get into outer space first and who had more nuclear capabilities Many propaganda posters were created from both sides displaying who had more power The Soviet Union used propaganda to its full extent by promoting their philosophy of economic egalitarianism socialist ideas Cold War Damage in western countries that sanctioned these ideas
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