As you all know, this year marks the centenary of the beginning of World War I. In the spirit of remembering a profound and transformational time in human history, it is important to examine the role of communication, propaganda and mass media which began to play an ever more important role as the world entered WWI. Canada was no different. In fact, the very concept of propaganda and conscription divided English and French Canada. Postmedia has an excellent piece on Canadian propaganda posters used during WWI.
“The word “propaganda” often conjures up negative images associated with the misleading messages of various movements, campaigns, or ideologies. Applied to the promotion of a cause such as World War I, however, “propaganda” carries a different connotation. During the First World War propaganda poster became both a new weapon and a means of communication on both the home front and the battlefield.”