9. Persuasion Research and WW II F2010-4

9. Persuasion Research and WW II F2010-4 - Persuasion...

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Unformatted text preview: Persuasion Research and World War II TAKE NOTES NOW The German Nazi Party was particularly skillful at mass persuasion. They used mass events, postcards, movies, and art to convince the German people of the validity of their beliefs. The Origins of Persuasion Research: The horrors of war during WW I spurred the growth of psychoanalysis, which also tried to explain mass behavior. (See Herbert A. Friedman at psywarrior.com) Notice how enthusiastic these participants seem to be: Germans were experiencing a transition from poverty to pride. TAKE NOTES NOW Hitler was presented to the German people as a national savior. TAKE NOTES NOW There were many religious images in pro-Hitler propaganda. Hitlers propaganda urged self- sacrifice to a greater cause. TAKE NOTES NOW The Power of Ridicule Why do we ridicule enemy leaders and policies? The Public Diplomacy White Paper No. 7 article Ridicule as a Weapon by J. Michael Waller explains in part: Hence the vulnerability: Control is the essence of an authoritarian movement or dictatorship Ridicule is a powerful weapon. It can be a strategic weapon. TAKE NOTES NOW Having a common enemy is an easy way to unite diverse groups. A German depiction of FDR: German proganda framed WW II as an anti- Christian Jewish plot led by Churchill: A German soldier preparing leaflets for a balloon launch.leaflets for a balloon launch....
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