In this wide-ranging conversation, artist and technologist An Xiao Mina discusses the election cycle and the way propaganda is and isn’t being used.
If contemporary echoes of fascism have brought the 1930s and ‘40s troublingly to mind, it’s worth recalling that modern propaganda became a global enterprise during the First World War.
Like Trump, Spanish dictator’s appearance was not that of a majestic ruler. He had a team who studied propaganda methods and traveled to see posters, exhibitions, and ceremonies first hand.
The street with Francesco Borromini’s marvelous façade is called Via di Propaganda; learning its history reveals the complex relationship between art and indoctrination.
This edition, we look at the origins of the term propaganda, some 20th-century incarnations, and how propaganda is playing out during the 2020 US election.