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Brazilian PropagandaLegitimizing an Authoritarian Regime$
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Nina Schneider

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780813049908

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: January 2015

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813049908.001.0001

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The End of the Story

The End of the Story

Propaganda Reception

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Brazilian Propaganda

Nina Schneider

University Press of Florida

This chapter examines the ways the official propaganda was received and draws conclusions about its overall function. Unlike the Nazis, the Brazilian intelligence service (SNI) did not systematically monitor the perception of propaganda. However, contemporary newspaper articles, awards, and oral history interviews confirm the popularity of the period's propaganda films. The chapter's last section discusses the function of the regime's official propaganda and argues that while AERP/ARP members attempted to promote the military regime in general, it was only the moderate version that they endorsed and not its violent aspect. The text dialogues with and critiques the leading Brazilian historian of the propaganda machine, Carlos Fico (1997), and considers whether AERP/ARP productions comprised a form of subtle and strategic sabotage against hardliners.

Keywords:   reception, hardliners, moderates, interpretation, degrees of perpetratorship, sabotage

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