Sunday, January 17, 2010

Bill Whittle on The Dangers of Iconography

An important video. Much of this I already knew; as an artist/graphic designer, I'm well aware of the use of visual propaganda in the arts and advertising, and especially aware of the left's infiltration of the field. Peruse the relevant section of your local bookstore and see what I mean. (Two to look for: Iron Fists: Branding the 20th Century Totalitarian State and The Design of Dissent: Socially and Politically Driven Graphics.) And need I mention the "marching hammers?"

The Nazis and Communists were masters of this, of course, and the Democrats and Obama have ran with it, while the Republicans are pikers in comparison. (I appropriated a few examples in techniques in retaliation in my own propaganda piece, A Show of Hands: A Cautionary Tale of Heroes in Exile. Interested in publishing it? Get in touch.)

The video below is a good overview of the topic in relation to the (continuing) Obama campaign, with the ubiquitous Shepard Fairey posters ("Hope," "Progress," "Obey" "Change"), with some interesting observations (notice how the "rainbow O" has replaced the Presidential Seal of the United States? Hmmm....)

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