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“Am I a monster? I have never thought of myself as a cruel person” (Thomas). Although the average person may not be a soldier who has to ask himself these kinds of questions to assure his own humanity, the world is being desensitized all the same. The media constantly exposes us to the violent atrocities happening all over the world. But the media reveals everything that happens around the world, so atrocities couldn’t possibly happen on their watch, right? The integration of mass media into society has perpetuated genocide and other atrocities all over the world through the spreading of propaganda, organization of crime through social media, and overall desensitization of the public to atrocities worldwide.
Since mass media has existed, governments have used propaganda to sway the opinions of their subjects. “The Nazi Government endeavored to unite the Nation in support of their policies through the extensive use of propaganda. A number of agencies [were] set up, whose duty was to control and influence the press, the radio, films, publishing firms, etc., in Germany, and to super…
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