Thursday, October 8, 2009

Tie One On: Breast Cancer Awareness

The Tie One On Breast cancer awareness party I attended last night was quite a hit! There were close to 120 people that were in attendance. Multiple businesses from around the city of Sarasota contributed close to 20,000 dollars worth of gifts and services for the participants of the raffle and auction that took place. The pinnacle of the gifts were a 6 thousand dollar pink golf cart named "Hope" and multiple pieces of fine jewelry. L boutique put on quite a show, showcasing all their finest pink inspired clothing, strutting down a makeshift catwalk that opened up to the balcony of owners Frank and Bambi Kaine. The raffle and auction brought in amazing results for the Breast Cancer Awareness Fund. Everyone had a great time, food and drinks flowed through the night until 10 p.m. All-in-all it was a great time for a great cause. It is always extremely gratifying to share in events like this, being that breast cancer and cancer in general has severely affected my family in the past few decades.

Solviet Propaganda Cartoon: A Lesson Not Learned

This video was pretty hard to understand, watching it from a Westerners point of view. The cartoon starts out by a brief montage of images that’s supposed to depict WWII taking place; there are images of rockets taking off, the sounds of gunfire and bombs detonating, and the massive pile of Nazi helmets. The captain of the German army comes out and is depicted as a coward by the sheep suit he was wearing and waving a surrender flag. This is when I started to have a hard time understanding the cartoon, the German captain limps into the U.S.’s “hands”. The U.S. proceeds to nurse the Germans back to health, all while letting them continue reading and embracing their Nazi rhetoric. I understand that the U.S. “helped” get Germany back on their feet, but we also blew up half of their country. I’m not excusing the German’s by any means, what they did to Europe set them back hundreds of years in my opinion. But in the cartoon, once we helped them back to their feet, they continued to have Pro Nazi rallies and spitting their hate speech? I know there are still Nazi supporters in Germany, but it wasn’t like they were even remotely close to starting another Nazi movement. They had no infrastructure, no military, and a good portion of their manpower was dead or in jail. I found it quite amusing how they generalized all Germans to be fat, lederhosen wearing, beer drinking slobs. It was also pretty funny how whenever the German’s spoke or wrote anything it was nothing but a barrage of bullet sounds. Finally in the end, after the Germans were
forced to sign the U.S.S.R.-German treaty, the Germans had to mend their coward suits back together. Implying that they could say all they wanted, but in the end there was nothing Germany could do to become a superpower. It is very ironic to see how the Russians feel about how the war was won and who contributed the most. Through that cartoon, it implied that the Russians were the ones that took down the Germans, but last time I checked it was a multi national effort where France, England, The U.S., Russia and many other countries came together to defeat the Axis of Evil.

Monday, September 21, 2009

This is another that is absolutely hilarious! I have had a massive issue with the whole "change" b.s. that is being fed to us by our leaders. The only things that have changed are the crooks and liars that have been appointed to office. I feel that this propaganda piece uses a few different techniques to convey its message. First, it uses the plain folks technique by explaining a highly complex and serious issue by illustration. Most people that are illiterate, will still understand and acknowledge the the characters and the overall intention of the message. This could also be a pinpointing the enemy technique used by the Republicans, since most conservatives feel that nothing has been achieved while Barack and Hillary have been in office.

Gotta take your Prozac!

This clever little piece had me in stitches! I've seen the original propaganda ad that was run by the Germans during WWII, it a spoof on the "Ride with Hitler" ad. Even though this isn't a true ad for Prozac, it definitely uses the testimonial technique. It implies that you need t take your Prozac in oder to be "normal". The piece also uses the assertion technique because it is trying to take a serious issue and turn it into a light-hearted issue. Even if it isn't factual that prozac won't make you psychotic, they have displayed it in the manner that it will fix those pesky voices in your head!

Thursday, September 10, 2009

She may be.... DUURRRTTTYYYY

This little piece absolutely had me cracking up. Now, I know std's are no laughing matter but one really has to laugh about the way social and political propaganda posters were put together in the earlier parts of last century. The techniques that are being used in this poster are obviously appeal to fear and sexuality, but i feel it also has implications of simplification. It is basically saying if you hang around women who dress in a certain manner or wear thick lipstick and make-up... YOU WILL GET THE CLAP!! Looking further into the poster, I am wondering if the poster was used to warn our soldiers about the dangers of French women and their propensity for being loose during WWII. It is extremely apparent that this poster was to scare all males from 18 to 40. So, to all the guys out there... don't take home the chick in the beret, smoking a lucky strike. She's been tainted!!!!!!

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

1st propaganda art piece

I really like how this piece was put together. The artists' piece reminds me of the comic book stills that are in movies like Kill Bill I & II, Tank Girl and others. Obviously, the piece's main style of propaganda devotes itself to the appeal of emotion and fear. It is showing a innocent little boy awaiting the Israeli helicopters, gunships and bombers. The name also evokes a great sense of anger considering that the Palestinian people have been denied their own space to call home and have been abused and degraded for over a century. I know that there are two sides to every conflict, but the blatant misuse of power by the Israeil's during that week was horrendous. When I look at this piece, I can vividly remember the news reports of illegal white phosphorous being dropped and all the innocent civilians that were killed without any regard for human life.