The dystopian novel Brave New World and the 1930’s poster World’s Highest Standard of Living both demonstrate a society in which propaganda is used to shield individuals from reality. The World State conditions each one of their children to only enjoy the activities involved with their caste, and to appreciate their position. Even though conditions may be poor, the people are still set in the mindframe of superiority. This is due to the controllers claiming that “community, identity and stability” can be reached through division. Everything that characterizes another group is taught to be rejected. “I don't want to play with Delta children. And Epsilons are still worse. They're too stupid to be able to read or write. Besides they wear black, which is such a beastly colour. I'm so glad I'm a Beta." Even though this character isn’t an alpha, they are still appreciative that they are notably above deltas and epsilons. During the Great Depression, a picture shows a line of unemployed individuals standing in front of a sign of propaganda which follows this idea. The usage of this is a distraction method, and keeps those of a population from thinking negatively about their situation. The sign behind the unemployed shows an image of a family smiling, which states “there’s no way like the American way.” indicating that even though the Great Depression removed many people from their jobs, and struck family with poverty they could at least have that same attitude of superiority that the Beta quote showed. Another form of propaganda used to control populations in the book is soma, a drug that keeps everyone cheerful in a world of bland misery. Bernard, who is perhaps the most miserable character feels delight from the substance. “the inner light of universal benevolence broke out on every face in happy, friendly smiles. Even Bernard felt himself a little melted.” The artifact represents an era in which different distraction methods were utilized. As the photo is from the Great Depression, there had to have been some source of comfort for impoverished Americans. Said sources were movies. People gathered around to simply view films that would lift their spirits. It completely served for a similar purpose that Soma did. A time of great economic downfall and strife was shielded by movies, as drugs were used to keep the people of the World State to realize their unhappiness.