Storytime

Since the first humans began to communicate we have been sharing ideas and stories to one another and the next generations. From the hunting stories of our ancestors, to the grand novels and stories of heroes and dragons, like the story of Saint George and how he bravely defeated a dragon; people have been turned into legends with the power of storytelling, people such as the legendary King Arthur and the stories about the Knights of the round table and his grand victories over the Saxon invaders. The power of words is huge and should not be underestimated. “Make the lie big, make it simple, keep saying it, and eventually they will believe it” -Adolf Hitler

Words can change people’s impression of you and propaganda is just that. Propaganda can make or break someone’s political career. It can make you seem better and more adept at politics than your opponent, yet at the same time it can bite back. Politics is a war zone since it’s a win or lose type of competition and the only weapon people have is the public’s view of you. As a politician you must tell your ideas with drama and story, make people feel like they are part of something, like if they vote for you then the story will come true.

There are two main type of propaganda the happy future or the fear tactic; the happy future idea is mainly trying to tell you that the future will be progressive and happy. Meanwhile, the fear tactic make people scared of present day problems or future problems and rallies behind a strong candidate. This type of tactic was used by one of the most notorious leaders ever known, Napoleon Bonaparte. After the long and bloody French Revolution many European countries declared war on France for embracing democracy, Napoleon gathered the people to his cause and saved France from defeat and had many military victories which led France to stability once more.

“Four hostile newspaper are more to be feared than a thousand bayonets” -Napoleon Bonaparte

By: Ricardo de la Blanca

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