Children's Literature - Phyllis KennemerPersuasive messages intended to influence people's understandings and beliefs are classified as propaganda. Propaganda exists in both subtle and blatant forms and can appear in many settings and situations. Propaganda is developed and used by governments, advertising agencies, churches, and schools. Readers are encouraged to recognize the seven basic methods of propaganda identified by the Institute for Propaganda Analysis in 1942. Some of the uses of propaganda during times of war (or in Hitler's case to instigate war), as part of advertising, and to convey political messages are described. The practice of "spinning," through mentioning only positive or negative aspects about a person or situation or through purposely making misleading remarks, is described. Examples from U. S. political campaigns are included. Interestingly, the selection of items and the slant used in presenting them reveal the political bias of the author. Appropriate full-color photographs aid in understanding. Questions and activities designed to engage the reader appear in boxes throughout the text. It includes a glossary, bibliography, list of websites, and an index. A good choice for middle grade research. Part of the "Getting the Message" series. Reviewer: Phyllis Kennemer, Ph.D.
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