Task: Find and embed a video clip in your blog post that highlights elements of persuasion and/or propaganda. Discuss the various elements with respect to the video. Is the video effective or ineffective?
Dictionary.com defines propaganda as “information, ideas, or rumors deliberately spread widely to help or harm a person, group, movement, institution, nation, etc.” and persuasion as “inducing belief by appealing to reason or understanding; to convice.” I feel like this anti-bullying PSA is an example of both propaganda and persuasion. To me, it’s propaganda because it is deliberately making an effort to get information to the masses to help victims of bullying. The add is trying to persuade adults to teach their children words like respect and responsibility and other positive words to help prevent bullying. The message was clear, simple, and direct and easily understandable. Timing is key and there is never really a bad time for an anti-bullying PSA. The source credibility is on par because the people in the ad have either been bullied or are adults of children that have been bullied, so they know how much bullying can effect someone, especially a child.
Is this message effective or uneffective? I feel like it depends. It effects me because I strongly disagree with bullying and hearing of children and young teens committing suicide because of the excessive bullying really just breaks my heart. It effects me because I want to put a stop to it. The message could come across as uneffective if a parent of a bully sees this PSA and chooses to turn a blind eye and allow their child to continue down the path they are on as a bully. Overall, I do say the ad is effective.
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