The Propaganda Game
During World War II propaganda was in high abundance from all of the warring countries involved. There goal? Win the people in their country over and convince them that the war was worth while and that the high casualties were worth while. The key was to be seen by many in their daily life. Some of the mediums used were in cartoons, songs, consumer ads, and movies. Some of the famous American propaganda pieces were rooted in cartoons such as Mickey Mouse and Bugs Bunny. The United States portrayed enemies as animal-like, for example they compared the Japanese to monkeys and exaggerated their facial features to make them look less human. It is widely known that the United States did these sort of things as propaganda, but what did the Japanese use in propaganda?
I found a propaganda gold mine on an online poster collection and I glanced over them and made a few observations on what Japanese propaganda encapsulated. One of the recurring images I saw was images of President Roosevelt as the devil obviously because the United States was the enemy. In addition the Japanese portrayed him as a back stabbing devil that brought other countries into the war for selfish reasons saying that he was out to obtain more land control. The most common theme of Japanese propaganda was aimed as creating a large sense of nationalism and convincing the people of Japan that they are a strong military power. The use of the Japanese flag and large red circle in the center of the flag was popular in these posters. The images of the samurai appeared tying back to traditional Japan most likely to gather some deeper emotional ancestral connections. Overall I was not able to see the messages on some of the posters so it was hard to see the real meanings of these images but the images were pretty clear what the message was.
Casey, Ralph. “What Is Propaganda?” What Is Propaganda? July 1, 1944. Accessed March 15, 2015. http://www.historians.org/about-aha-and-membership/aha-history-and-archives/gi-roundtable-series/pamphlets/what-is-propaganda.
“Japan WW2 Propaganda – Digital Poster Collection.” Digital Poster Collection. Accessed March 15, 2015. http://digitalpostercollection.com/propaganda/1939-1945-world-war-ii/japan/.