Media messaging: Then and Now

A hundred years ago (April 6, 1917) America entered World War I. The prevailing media messaging of the time was captured in these war propaganda posters.

Things have changed in the last hundred years, and so has the media messaging. This raises some questions:

Who comes up with this new messaging? Who is the target? What is it aimed to accomplish? And can a nation survive this mindset if it prevails? Could any nation survive it?

Because while the messaging has changed, the world hasn’t. It still is a dangerous place, and that is not going to change any time soon.

Let’s sum up the differences between the old and the new media messaging:

1917: Destroy this mad brute! Enlist!
2017: if you believe your own eyes, you’re an Islamophobe!

1917: Uphold your honor! Join Army – Navy – Marines!
2017: Check your privilege! Borders are racist! No ban – no wall!

1917: Wake up, America! Civilization calls every man woman and child!
2017: Shut up, America! You racist bitch!

See previous THEN & NOW:

EDITORS NOTE: This political satire by Red Square first appeared on The Peoples Cube.

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