Maps Made to Influence and Deceive

by Allison Meier on August 4, 2016

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Some maps are not designed to chart geography, but to express a particular belief.

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Post image for The Visual Propaganda of the Brexit Leave Campaign

MANCHESTER, UK — In the week following the United Kingdom voted to leave the European Union (the “Brexit”) on June 23, there was a 500% rise in hate crimes across the country.

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In a remarkable demonstration of how to inflame public sentiment and paint one’s own organization as a vulgar and racist political group, the UK Independence Party (UKIP) has unveiled a billboard in support of the campaign to have Britain exit the European Union that visually references Nazi propaganda.

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Communist China’s Cheery Propaganda Posters

by Carey Dunne on January 14, 2016

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In the thousands of propaganda posters produced in China between the birth of the People’s Republic in 1949 and the early 1980s, the beaming face of Chairman Mao Zedong watches over a surreal utopia.

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Louis XIV, like politicians of today, knew the value of controlling his public image.

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The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has inspired countless hours of television and cinema, from X-Files to Silence of the Lambs.

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When the United States joined the Allied forces in 1917, the mind of the American citizen was almost as much a battlefield as Europe was.

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As a way to guide public opinion to a collective obedience, governments around the world have employed art. These visual modes of propaganda can be powerful and moving, and they haven’t disappeared, as proved by the playing cards showing members of Saddam Hussein’s regime distributed by the US during the 2003 Iraq invasion. The British Library in London is opening an exhibition that examines extensively this tradition of control.

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Pushing Back Against Walmart

by Kyle Chayka on November 23, 2012

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What’s the best way to combat the post-Thanksgiving hangover? Probably not waking up before dawn (or even after dinner) and lining up at a store to buy stuff. This Black Friday, let’s celebrate instead with a slew of anti-consumption posters and memes, many of which are supporting Walmart’s employees in striking against the exploitative store.

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What Does the CIA Museum Collect?

by Ben Valentine on September 12, 2012

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It turns out that the CIA has its very own object and art museum for your online viewing pleasure. Although the collection is housed in CIA headquarters making it closed to the public, work does appear to travel to other museums and can be viewed anytime online.

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