Date Approved


Date Posted


Degree Type

Open Access Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Department or School

Communication, Media and Theatre Arts

Committee Member

Jack Kay, Ph.D., Chair

Committee Member

Michael Tew, Ph.D.

Committee Member

Ray Quiel, MA


This communication research analysis examines the ways in which the interpersonal theory, Uncertainty Reduction Theory (URT), combines with the 19 Principles of Propaganda to lend insights in to current war propaganda and the ways in which we can use URT to make sense of war propaganda messages. Propaganda has evolved due to technological advancements made in media such as television and internet. We may better understand the process and function of propaganda if we examine it from an interpersonal communication standpoint. Here in a textual analysis of past propaganda and propaganda of today illustrates the evolution that has occurred. Through this examination we understand that propaganda is a dialogical process during which there is interaction between propagandist and audience. The result of this research provides a new foundation for future research in war propaganda message construction. War propaganda is an ever evolving medium and must consistently be examined through new methods.

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