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My WW2 Topic
My topic was about the role of the media of World War II. The media can mean a number of things. Everything from radio, TV, posters, newspapers, speeches, cartoon clips, movies, etc. the media basically told about the war and tried to persuade people what to think about it. They did so by saying which country or people were the bad guy and who is the enemy, or by saying you should be on a certain country’s side because they are the good ones. But other media were telling in different ways, such as stories. Comic books and cartoons tied a role in that. Walt Disney and comic book characters acted as soldiers or people in the war and made a story to tell whoever who was paying attention a example of what’s happening in the war. Music also played a part as a role in the media. According to certain historians some songs had messages in them to send to countries in the war. People also supported the war by buying war bonds. War Bonds were money you can give to the war and the government will pay you back later. A lot of popular celebrities gave war bonds and held war drives to convince people to support and give war bonds as well.
I think the media in the 1940’s changed America a lot. Propaganda is used everyday whether we know it or not. It is used to sell things, change people’s opinion, or make them think a certain way. It has made a big influence on America. For example, music was a way to send a message to certain people, music today tells messages or stories in it today. Radio is another thing that has been influenced by the 1940’s media. News is broadcasted on news stations about things that are happening around the world and country. Propaganda is used in clothes, food, politics, etc. about what is best and what should people pay attention more to. Political topics still use propaganda and media with the things that they’re bringing to the public too. For instance, presidential campaigns use the media every time it’s time to elect a new president. They make commercials about how they can improve the country and why they should be in office. Another way is posters they make that people can put in their yards or homes which candidate they think is best. I think the 1940’s influence on the media will go on forever.