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With the recent national tragedy it can be said with reasonable certainty that our country and much of the world is in discord We have been so saturated with newsclips and printed images of the two planes colliding purposefully into the World Trade Center Twin Towers that our fragile psyches have become exhausted As the days and weeks have come to pass however our nation has taken on an air of patriotism and unity as the result of one strategic device propaganda Society co-exists with propaganda The actions and opinions of todays individuals are gauged by the amount of influence propagated messages have had on their behavior This method of persuasion is not new on the contrary propaganda has been around to sway opinions in a given direction since communication began Perhaps the most prevalent are the messages that are sent during times of war For it is during this state of national emergency that world leaders use propaganda as a vehicle for volunteer participation patriotic support on the home front and demoralizing defense tactics behind enemy lines In this new war propaganda has been the key to preparing for and fighting an unknown enemy As we all band together to fight future terrorism it can be seen that propaganda in all its forms is a legitimate and necessary means to achieving the support funding and desired attitudes crucial to the nations war effort Propaganda is the systematic attempt to manipulate the attitudes beliefs and actions of people through the use of symbols such as words gestures slogans flags and uniforms Grolier Multimedia Encyclopedia Propaganda This definition implies that while the terms negative connotation is taken to mean ideas facts or allegations spread deliberately to further a cause or to damage an opposing cause propaganda can be separated from education and information in the way that is deliberately selective and deceptive Grolier Multimedia Encyclopedia Propaganda A booklet prepared for the War Department in 1944 defines
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