Propaganda: Power and Persuasion

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What is Propaganda: Power and Persuasion?

Propaganda: Power and Persuasion is the first exhibition to explore international state propaganda from the 20th and 21st centuries. From the eye-opening to the mind-boggling, from the beautiful to the surprising, posters, films, cartoons, sounds and texts reveal the myriad ways that states try to influence and persuade their citizens.‘ – The British Library

The exhibition explores the various aspects and conventions of propaganda; it is broken down into six sections starting off with the origins of propaganda before the term was coined. The next section looks at the concept of identity and nationalism in terms of propaganda, it is nicely followed by a look at how propaganda portrayed the enemy and of course how this powerful tool was used by different states in the 20th century during the World Wars. The use of propaganda as a negative tool is challenged with the section that covers health and welfare. The final section is about propaganda in today’s society looking at the use of social media platforms such as twitter.


I really liked this exhibition!

It covered a very relevant issue at what I feel is a very relevant time. Social media is most defiantly used as a means of propaganda; it can be used to promote state messages or ideals as well as that it can be a person’s identity and illustrate their beliefs but most importantly it is accessible to a large population of the earth, everyone can be a propagandist in one form or another.

The layout of the exhibition was simple enough; the six sections were clear and self explanatory with some good items on display. It was not just a series of posters and pamphlets but there was video footage, coins, and products which made the display more varied and interesting.

Propaganda: Power and Persuasion is on until the 17 September 2013 at the British Library.

Entry fees apply (Adults £9, Under 18s free, Concessions available)


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