Propaganda in Modern Media

Propaganda is defined in The Oxford Dictionary as, ” information, especially of a biased or misleading nature, used to promote a political cause or point of view.”

With this definition in mind, and in light of the recent political turmoil over Brexit, it was not difficult to find examples of propaganda in the media.

Nigel Farage’s Brexit Poster has been likened To ‘Nazi Propaganda’


I am not sure what more I can say about these images. I think it is a great example of how the use of propaganda has back-fired on Nigel Farage. The similarity between the Brexit campaign image, and the shots taken from a BBC documentary “Auschwitz: The Nazis and ‘The Final Solution”, puts the immigration crisis into another perspective.

These are some of the responses that the photo provoked on Twitter:

“Using the innocent victims of a human tragedy for political propaganda is utterly disgusting. Farage is engaging in the politics of the gutter.”

 “It’s a shame that instead of engaging on the issues, Farage and his cronies have resorted to small-minded fear tactics and xenophobia.”

 “Distasteful propaganda like this can only make our immigration challenges worse, not better, and damage community cohesion in Britain.”

SNP’s Nicola Sturgeon branded the picture “disgusting” on Twitter.

One person branded the picture “vile” and wrote: “If most of the country agree with him next Thursday I’m appalled and want to leave myself.”

Another pointed out that seeking asylum is a “fundamental human right anywhere in the world. A racist, scaremongering poster doesn’t change that.”

Here are just a few more glimpses into pro-Brexit propaganda. We see the EU’s ship heading for destruction whilst the UK heads off towards the rising sun. In the ‘countries set to join the EU’ poster it is interesting to see how Syria and Iraq are highlighted in a scaremongering tactic.

The U.S. presidential elections have also provided an endless stream of propaganda. The battle  between Hilary Clinton and Donald Trump must be one of  the most publicised events in propaganda history.



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