Friday, April 3, 2009


Today, a look at the wonderful and frightening world ot the totalitarian propaganda poster. Wonderful? Yes, in the sense that these posters seem to be selling a dream, the promise of a brighter more purposeful future in the ranks of whichever 'grand enterprise' is bidding for your unquestioning alliegence. Notice the steely-eyed determination and frightening fanaticism of the SS man or the Chinese farmer thrusting his little red book into the air in defiance- of what? Democracy? Free Speech? Liberalism? All of these posters use colour and design to sell their product, but what exactly is the product? To me it looks like struggle, aggression, hatred of outsiders/non believers and a money-back guarantee of conflict.

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