Published on December 4, 2014
“ We are honored to present our Collection on Plato and Propaganda …” In response to ‘ how modern society resembles Plato ’ s allegory of the cave, ’ the Museum of the Oxford Comma formally invites the public to divulge into a collection that portrays a darker side to U.S. patriotism, propaganda. Propaganda is a common and historically valuable soft power tool that has evolved rapidly within the last century. While propaganda tends to be linked directly to World War II, especially Nazi Germany, the United States remains one of the most advanced propaganda producers. U.S. propaganda remains a key factor to the collapse of the Soviet Union, but what happens when the primary use of propaganda is used solely on U.S. citizens. Many countries continue to use propaganda on their populations; however, the U.S. remains one of the only countries that isolates propaganda within its borders. The collection presents both extreme and moderate representations of the influence of U.S. propaganda demonstrating how propaganda represents Plato ’ s shadows on the wall to an ever more isolated population. Americans can then determine whether to walk towards the sun or remain in the cave.