Louis XIV, like politicians of today, knew the value of controlling his public image.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has inspired countless hours of television and cinema, from X-Files to Silence of the Lambs.
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.
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.
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.
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.