Visual Propaganda

we interrupt the regular programming for some Glenn Beck style “look, communist nazis!” comparisons (stolen entirely from here)

Exhibit A: the cover of the brandspankin’ new Teabagger Party Review
Tea Party Review

Exhibits B and C: the Communists and Nazis did it, too!
Communist Nazi

too bad no one is paying me millions of dollars to do this shit. It’s easy. Especially with a demographic that’s so devoid of self-reflection, they actually do use this sort of old-school emotionally emotive imagery. On purpose.

20 comments on “Visual Propaganda

  1. I’ve always said that these “patriotic” images are on par to nationalistic images we seee in the eary 1900s and during the Soviet era.
    (Also notice how the man on the figure is the “ideal” man.)

    also, O HAI jadehawk :)

  2. David Marjanović says:

    too bad no one is paying me millions of dollars to do this shit. It’s easy. Especially with a demographic that’s so devoid of self-reflection, they actually do use this sort of old-school emotionally emotive imagery. On purpose.

    You know what? Get another pseudonym, preferably a male one, and offer to work for them. Make your images fall under Poe’s Law (…which means… make them blatant parodies). When you have enough money for your tooth or for a whole golden dentition with shark-style replacement teeth or whatever, quit and pull a Sokal on them. Wallow and bask in glee.

    BTW, the Russian says “if tomorrow [there’s] war…” It shows the ideal average worker who is ready to defend the Glorious Accomplishments of Socialism® against the Class Enemy®. In this, it is more similar to the Teabagger image than to the Nazi image; the latter, after all, features what was considered the biologically perfect man.

  3. Paul says:

    I’m just laughing that one of the headlines is “The Year of the [b]Black Conservative[/b]” and another is referencing Booker T. Washington, the former at least something you’d think would merit an actual black person on the cover. But they wouldn’t want to risk hurting sales too badly or get off on the wrong foot, so you get an average white guy who seems to have no connection with any of the headlines (unless he’s simply supposed to be the face of the Tea Party).

  4. David Marjanović says:

    he’s simply supposed to be the face of the Tea Party

    Exactly. Not rich, unshaven, proletarian cap, open shirt and no tie, gazing into the Great Socialist Future® (you know, the place all Lenin statues point to), and ready to defend the Small-Town Values® of Real America® against the onslaught of the Class Enemy Liberal Elite®.

    The teabaggers have reinvented the square wheel.

  5. David Marjanović says:

    I just read the Pandagon article and all comments. As I had expected, I’m not going to go back there, because I could easily invest the rest of my day in it. Anyway, I like comment 8:

    In 50 years, will we be looking back at this period and call this ‘art’ Americanist Realism?

    and comment 94, which says that perhaps the title page is a parody, observing that the people who sell this stuff and the people who buy it aren’t necessarily the same ones, and claiming that snake-oil sellers routinely point and laugh at the dupes that buy their snake oil.

    Poe’s Law.

  6. amc says:

    I bet there were a few heated debates about whether to give the Farmer a gun! Maybe they decided to leave it for a future issue though.

    “A Physician on ObamaCare and what to do about it”. Christ, reading that magazine would drive me totally into despair.

  7. David Marjanović says:

    I’m not going to go back there

    To Pandagon in general, I mean.

  8. Paul says:

    As I had expected, I’m not going to go back there, because I could easily invest the rest of my day in it.

    Sounds like why I stay away from Pharyngula, Daylight Atheism, and the like. I spend too much time when I partake.

    and comment 94, which says that perhaps the title page is a parody,

    I didn’t check the conversation being referred to. However, the title page is not a parody. Note that it refers to a website? The website features the cover as one of their newsletters. And the website does not appear to be Poeish. A Poe would not refer to the Overton window as a good thing when referring to the Tea Party, most likely. Also, the website is registered to
    Higher Standard Enterprises, Inc, a niche Christian publisher. The specific POC is William Owens, although I can’t trace that further since it’s a common name (with Congresspeople from both parties having that name, although it appears that it’s neither of them and is instead this guy).

    I mean, as always, there’s no way to tell and it could be satire. But it seems unlikely.

  9. David Marjanović says:

    I mean it could be a parody from the inside: the people who were hired to design the title page parodized the teabaggers, and the teabaggers’ teabag-sized teabrains didn’t notice that they’re publishing a parody of themselves.

    Untestable hypothesis due to Poe’s Law. :-|

  10. 'Tis Himself says:

    I doubt the Teabaggers see it as a parody. The picture is the way they perceive themselves: rugged, working class ‘Mericans, not those tea-drinking, liburl elite*, oppressors of the rugged, working class ‘Mericans.

    *Elite is pronounced E-lite.

  11. David Marjanović says:

    Of course the teabaggers don’t see it as a parody! That would be the very point of making a parody! :-)

    Elite is pronounced E-lite.

    Do you mean “ee” followed by “light”?

  12. David Marjanović says:

    O hai! Please to be grabbing a sickbag and gazing in wonderment at the perfect fusion of God and Country.

  13. Paul says:

    If there’s one thing more American than God, it’s Angels. Even people that are cool with atheists will act like you violated their puppy if you hint at disbelief in angels. Not sure you’d be able to survive long periods in America unless you stay to those sinful urban areas, if that is enough to need a sickbag.

  14. David Marjanović says:

    Interesting. There are lots of books about decidedly post-Christian angel woo in libraries and bookshops over here, but “will act like you violated their puppy”… O.o

    Don’t worry, I’ve been to rural Pennsylvania*, I can pass by a church with a humongous flag right in front of it with nary a sardonic smile, and from European history I’m used to the concept of “God, Emperor and Fatherland”. But this thing… just… takes… the… cake.

    Americanism as a religion. I’ve read about it, but I didn’t expect it to hit me in the face like that.

    * “Philadelphia in the east, Pittsburgh in the west, and Alabama in between”, right?

  15. David Marjanović says:

    angel woo

    Like “healing with angels”, “get in touch with angels”, “feel your guardian angel(s)”, that kind of thing. No god, at least not on the front or back covers.

  16. Paul says:

    Interesting. There are lots of books about decidedly post-Christian angel woo in libraries and bookshops over here, but “will act like you violated their puppy”… O.o

    It’s what I use when kicking their dog just isn’t enough. It’s not necessarily post-Christians that I was referring to, though, although that’s part of it. As time goes on Christians are more used to people who don’t believe in God (and they sympathize, although mostly condescendingly, by perhaps talking about how they’ve been mad at God before too before they trusted in His Plan). But only a complete monster could not believe in angels. It’s something that’s so ingrained in collective consciousness (and with “no downside” to belief) that some people can’t conceive of not believing in angels.

    In my experience, anyway. I’m willing to accept that my experience is an outlier.

  17. David Marjanović says:

    O hai! Please to be grabbing a fresh new sickbag and to be gazing in wonderment at the trinity of God, Country, and heroic angel-type being.

    I keep expecting the stupidity to implode somehow.

  18. David Marjanović says:

    usflagstore.com is having a “Patriotic Summer Sale” with “Savings on All Items”. I want to conclude that they’re sitting on a pile of materialized stupidity that few people want to buy.

    BTW, please check your e-mail.

  19. Jadehawk says:

    no, unfortunately not. it’s a run-up to July 4th, I bet.

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