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  1. Art makes easier the acceptance of controversial issues
  2. Propagandistic poster themes
    1. In wartime
    2. In revolutionary situations or linked with totalitarian states
  3. After the two World Wars, the propaganda art in wartime became more and more common

The Roman philosopher Horace wrote that "the purpose of art is to inform and delight". Indeed, this statement is the principal purpose of propaganda. Propaganda is the dissemination of information aimed at influencing the opinions or behaviors of people. It is a systematic attempt to shape perceptions, and manipulate cognitions to achieve the desires of the propagandist and the commissioner (the State). Propaganda is an appeal to emotion rather than an appeal to intellect. It is a pure act of persuasion. Committed art isn't just a way to denounce the abuses and to take a stand on an issue. In a sense, propaganda is also a kind of committed art. Indeed, acting as a buffer between the horrors of reality and the individual's perceptions of the world, art allows people to see and understand social problems, and to prevent them from manifesting in some situations. Art helps to inform and educate society on controversial issues, and can also be used to change people's perceptions about certain issues.

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