In 1937, Nazi German and Fascist Italian airplane pilots were ordered to bomb the quiet village of Guernica. If you were one of these pilots, what would you do? Would you follow your orders knowing that hundreds of innocent civilians would die, or would you disobey and risk your own life?

Assignment Question

Essays/Activities Content Research the history behind the painting Guernica by Pablo Picasso and the subject of propaganda. Watch the video on YouTube entitled NOAM CHOMSKY – The Propaganda Model (6:53) In four paragraphs, discuss the following items:

Paragraph 1: What is propaganda and how does it work? What should you do when you hear or see propaganda?

Paragraph 2: How can art be used as propaganda? Can you give current and historical examples of art being used as propaganda?

Paragraph 3: In 1937, Nazi German and Fascist Italian airplane pilots were ordered to bomb the quiet village of Guernica. If you were one of these pilots, what would you do? Would you follow your orders knowing that hundreds of innocent civilians would die, or would you disobey and risk your own life? In a situation like this, which is more important–your duty to your country, or your duty to your own conscience?

Paragraph 4: What is your social responsibility in selecting political leaders (voting), and why is this important? You may write your essay in the space provided below, or you may attach a file. If you attach a file, it must be formatted as a .docx or .pdf file. You are not required to have a citations section, but if you do research beyond the coursework readings and videos, include a list of references at the end of your analysis. Paragraphs will be graded according to the Paragraph Writing Rubric.

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