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Analyzing an Anti-War Uncle Sam

  1. What item are you analyzing? An anti-war I Want You poster
  2. The message you chose to work with is transmitted via (check off all applicable categories)
_____ written language _____ spoken language _____ music _____ other sound
__X__ image (photo, drawing, etc.) __X__ color _____ other visual _____ other _______________________
  1. The medium used to transmit the message is (check off the type that applies)
_____ book _____ magazine _____ newspaper _____ mail or e-mail __X__ billboard or poster
_____ TV _____ radio _____ film _____ CD, audiotape, etc. _____ other _________________
  1. Who authored the message?

unknown

  1. At whom is it targeted?

American men of military age

  1. Is it commercial or non-commercial?

non-commercial

  1. In one clear, brief sentence, summarize the message with which you've decided to work.

Wartime military enlistment leads to death.

  1. Are there other propagandistic messages in this item?

Possibly

  1. Is the author attempting to elicit a behavior or a belief?

Behavior

  1. Clearly state the behavior or belief the author wants from the target.

The artist wants the target to run from recruiters.

  1. Does the message attempt to manipulate with emotion, reason or both?

Emotion

  1. Describe how you think the manipulation works?

The stern father-figure from Flagg's poster is exposed as a death mask, thereby frightening potential enlistees.

  1. Do you believe this item was successful propaganda?

Absolutely

  1. What evidence supports your answer to the last question?

The eye-popping Wow! I felt when I first saw this image.


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