Christopher Schardt |
>> Fear Mongering
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Here's the cover of the June 23, 2003 cover of Newsweek. See how it resembles a campaign billboard from the 50s.
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I see this as an example of how other people use fear to influence your choices.
How much safety do you want with your side order of freedom.
On the right, the unseen enemy is reaching out for the child, in an age when the adults were parents first and foremost. They feared what they did not see. It kept them vigilant.
On the left, the partially hidden enemy is looking at us, the egocentric people of me-first America. He must be seen to be realized, and we only take action after being pushed away from our busy schedules.
I agree with you that the Newsweek image is fear-mongering. However,
there's no iconographic link between the two images, only the underlying
idea of menace. Even there, the link is weak because the 1950s image
is a unspecified (but human) threat to our children, while the Newsweek
image is well-known terrorist group who has been stating its goals publically
for nearly a decade.
You're no Barbara Kruger. Can't you find an image from the 1950s showing
communists peering from behind a flag or curtain? That would make a better point.
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