Propaganda has been used for ages to convince people to believe in something. Propaganda can be and has been used as a tool for the government to convince people to follow their lead. In The Hunger Games, The Capitol uses a wide variety of propaganda to get the districts to remain under their control. For example, one way the capitol got the districts to go along with The Hunger Games is by making it a mandatory and a necessary way for a lot of families to get food and keep from starving. If The Hunger Games did not exist families would not be able to trade entries for tesserae.
Although the games are already mandatory, The Capitol ensures the persistence of the games by making it impossible to ignore. Speaking of making it impossible to ignore, the main form of propaganda that The Capitol uses is electronic media. The Capitol makes sure every household has a television even when they might need something else more. Katniss and her family almost starve after her dad dies, but they also always had a television to watch the games. The reason everyone has a television is so the capitol can make everyone watch the games even if they do not want to.
In addition, by giving everyone a television The Capitol can control the information that the districts receive. They can send messages out that they want the districts to hear and they can withhold information that they don’t want the districts to hear. Just like how in our society we mainly rely on digital media to deliver all our information, Panem relies on digital media to deliver all of their information. The power of this propaganda can be seen when Katniss arrives in the capitol and knows nothing about what is going on in the other districts other than what they specialize in. She later learns about the violence that has been occurring in District 11, and couldn’t believe that a district could be any worse off that District 12.
Overall, The Capitol uses media propaganda to provide the districts with only the information that they want to provide. This withholding and changing of information allows The Capitol to keep the districts under their control.