The Influence Of Friends And Propaganda On A Teenager

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“Not a joke, a game. I can make you guys believe anything. I can make you dance around like puppets” (Card 14). In society there exists the leaders and the followers. Friendship and propaganda are two vehicles of manipulation demonstrating the relationship between these leaders and followers. Propaganda’s purpose in society is to encourage a certain point of view, usually of a biased nature and sometimes even providing false information, to the public. Friendships, on the other hand, are relationships, or associations, between two or numerous different people. Both possess the ability to directly and indirectly manipulate people. The two ideals can appeal to the senses of people in positive and negative manners to influence opinions, outlooks, and actions. Propaganda and friendship are polar opposites, but their concepts become uniform when they manipulate ethos, logos, and pathos of people to affect ideals of another person and encourage them to want to “fit in.”
An authoritative figure holds the ability to influence people in several situations. Within friendship and propaganda a person can reflect upon another to persuade them to change their views on a certain subject. In friendship, an individual involved may change their own opinions to mimic their friends for the sake of not losing them or being excluded from their clique. “Kids actively want to emulate their peers” (Ulene 2011) and may sway their own means and ideals in order to “fit in” with their social group in fear that they will be unaccepted otherwise. As a result, this leads to a person acting upon what their friends do, simply because they want to be like them. Similarly, propaganda, presented as posters or advertisements, can easily influence the audience. Countless commercials nowadays feature celebrities or other popular figures along with their product or ideal to manipulate the audience. This is because once the audience witness that a famous figure handling a product or exploiting an idea, they would want to do the same since then it would seem ¨cool. Nevertheless, not only a celebrity can persuade an audience, but any other authoritative figure or popular idea. For example, during World War II, propaganda was widely used to gain support on the home front. Bringing attention to the Rosie the Riveter poster, this advertisement from the World War II era targeted women and persuaded them to exert effort towards the war. This poster reveals an appeal to ethos because during the time period, Rosie had been a popular figure who symbolizes the power and potential of women. Thus, it conveys the idea to women that since Rosie can work hard for the war effort, can they too. Additionally, T.B. Thomas sums up the importance and benefits of incorporating different skills to assist the war effort into the education of the youth, primarily boys, in his article The Exonian Contribution on the Home Front. As a result, this appeals to ethos since Thomas at the time was a writer for a...

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