The Secrets We Kept Symbols & Objects

Lara Prescott
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Doctor Zhivago propaganda

Doctor Zhivago as propaganda is symbolic of the psychological warfare used throughout the Cold War and the calculated ways the U.S. and the USSR utilized and disseminated information to their advantages. Propaganda highlights the ways information can be withheld and given to create a controlled, desired mindset in the masses. In this case, a fictional exploration of the human condition throughout and beyond the Socialist Revolution is used by the U.S. and banned by the USSR because of its honest and individualized perspective. These actions of the opposing governments reveal their motivations and value systems: The U.S. values individualism whereas the USSR values a communal system in the interest of the State. The USSR controls its constituents not only through violence and fear, but also through thought policing and persuasion in the wake of personal hardship. On the contrary, the U...

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