North Korea - Propaganda poster

The propagandist seeks to change the way people understand an issue or situation for the purpose of changing their actions and expectations in ways that are desirable to the interest group. Propaganda, in this sense, serves as a corollary to censorship in which the same purpose is achieved, not by filling people’s minds with approved information, but by preventing people from being confronted with opposing points of view. What sets propaganda apart from other forms of advocacy is the willingness of the propagandist to change people’s understanding through deception and confusion rather than persuasion and understanding. The leaders of an organization know the information to be one sided or untrue, but this may not be true for the rank and file members who help to disseminate the propaganda. –Wikipedia

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write a story or scene where your protagonist rebels against propaganda.

Journaling Prompt: Write about the propaganda you were exposed to today and how it made you feel.

Art Prompt: Propaganda

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Talk about propaganda in our culture and how it affects our society.

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