Propaganda Today, Propaganda Tomorrow, Propaganda Forever: A Comparison Between 
Riefenstahl’s Triumph of the Will and Ross’ The Hunger Games

Kate Tobin Butler University
Faculty Sponsor(s): Melissa Etzler Butler University
Throughout history, the struggle for influence and dominance has consumed humans, resulting in war, poverty and destruction. Governments have, on occasion, used propaganda to sway a public in one direction versus the other. The term propaganda often has a dishonest, manipulative, egocentric connotation. Over time, although technology has progressed from radio to television and cinematic broadcasts into our digital era, propaganda has remained a stable feature of media technologies. Major studio productions today, such as Gary Ross’ The Hunger Games (2012), include substantial examples of propaganda, primarily through television broadcasting. Throughout the film, people are blinded to reality through the very sheltered portrayal of life provided to them by Panem. In a style that is not dissimilar, Nazi Germany consistently masked the harsh reality of World War II, using films made by Leni Riefenstahl, which emphasized the positives of life under the Nazi regime. The propaganda themes seen in The Hunger Games, such as speeches meant to inspire goodwill, the portrayal of power and spectacle, and benevolence, can similarly be found in the films of Leni Riefenstahl, who promoted Hitler and Nazi Germany, particularly in her film Triumph of the Will. Today, propaganda, while more subtle, can still be found. In our even more advanced age of technology, effective propaganda must take on the most modern media platform.
Communication & Media Studies
Oral Presentation

When & Where

09:30 AM
Jordan Hall 236