Thursday, September 28, 2006

Creepy Posters

Andrew Sullivan 9/28/2006 links to a display of faux-posters by Austin Cline at About.Com.

Cline introduces his collection thus:

Visual imagery, though, can often communicate ideas more quickly than words and convey emotions more immediately than any argument. For that reason I have created propaganda posters which promote some of the beliefs of the Christian Right. The intention is satirical, not sympathetic, but even so I believe that both the images and the words accurately reflect what some on the Christian Right belief and advocate. The original posters were produced as government propaganda, mostly during the first and second world wars.

The posters are initially amusing but a major problem becomes apparent quickly. Cline mostly rewords World War II and Cold War posters. As reworded the way they try to manipulate thought and frames of thought is creepy.

But then one has to ask oneself, doesn't that mean the original posters were just as manipulative and creepy?

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