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Is North Korean Propaganda Repeating World War II?

(“Japanese man holding knife, propaganda poster made in 1942 followed by Pearl Harbor”

North Korean propaganda could possibly put America in grave danger if we do not take immediate action. Oak Ridge Students should understand how history like this can repeat itself and could possibly bring harm towards our country. Propaganda in this sense is dangerous for the North Korean citizens and their outlook and reputation of our country. This topic is tremendously important for informing Americans of how war and brainwashing can affect such a country. There are plenty of hazardous pieces to propaganda that differ between each other. 

When provoking a war of aggression, we will hit back, beginning with the U.S.!)

North Korea or also known as the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea was created in 1948 as an outcome of the postcolonial settlement that was given by the United States and the Soviet Union (USSR). Propaganda in the early 1940s showed a Soviet-Korean relationship portraying them in a negative way to Korean children. Modern day propaganda describes America in the same way whether it’s on posters in cities or fliers on bulletins. North Korean propaganda has greatly been influencing the citizens in a negative way using brainwashing. During WWII Hitler organized camps known as “Hitler Youth”, where young German boys were brainwashed. “In the children’s version, a child will be fighting Americans by throwing pepper in their eyes and making them sneeze and cough,” Doctor Gabroussenko said. It seems that they are teaching these children who don’t know any better to build enemies for no reason.  There appears to be plenty of recurring similarities between current day North Korea and WWII version of Germany. Both countries share the same brainwashing tactics for its citizens.

Death to U.S. imperialists, our sworn enemy

North Korea uses propaganda posters to its advantage to have control over citizens completely.  For example, Propaganda posters have been seen to bash South Korea on being lower just because the government brainwashes them into thinking that. Propaganda posters greatly expands their hate for countries around the globe including America, South Korea, and Japan. Germany also used its propaganda to the fullest in order to inform their citizens about the war. Propaganda posters were made in a similar hating way towards other countries. “Beautiful people”, is a piece of propaganda that is seen greatly when comparing North Korea and Germany. This certain piece of propaganda uses strong, rich, and powerful people to push success or happiness. These two leaders share the same traits for accomplishing their government so much in such a way that it is dangerous for countries to only sit around and wait for something bad to happen.

 

Propaganda from current North Korea and also from WWII have a lot of similarities.  Both Germany

North Korea begins brainwashing children in cult of the Kims as early as kindergarten

and North Korean posters show most of the same criteria. They also showed their hate towards the United States. Of course there’s no way that we as American Citizens can put a stop to these propaganda posters but we can be informed on how to react to them. Understanding how much biased information that is shown through propaganda and how we can learn to understand the strict dangers is very critical. We can also view such propaganda to have various different similarities from WWII. This tells us that history could perhaps repeat itself if the bad propaganda continues.

Of course it is very hard that we as American Citizens can put a stop to these propaganda posters but it is very important that we can be informed on how to react to the different kinds of propaganda. Americans need to see how much biased information that is shown through propaganda and how we can learn to understand the strict dangers. We can also view it to have various different similarities from WWII. This tells us that history could perhaps repeat itself if the bad propaganda continues. America and its citizens needs to watch out for propaganda and if it could perhaps generate from our own country.

Article by Konor Brown & Video by Olivia Sparks

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Images https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/asia_pacific/for-north-koreas-kims-its-never-too-soon-to-start-brainwashing/2015/01/15/a23871c6-9a67-11e4-86a3-1b56f64925f6_story.html?utm_term=.13734d53e1c3

https://sites.psu.edu/siowfa15/2015/12/04/science-behind-brainwashing-wwii-and-hitler/

https://imgur.com/gallery/hGmCp

https://artifactsjournal.missouri.edu/2012/03/wwii-propaganda-the-influence-of-racism/

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