Who is the enemy? #propaganda

Chapter 5: ‘Careless Talk Costs Lives’: Fighting the ‘Enemy Within’ The dangers of carelessness were a constant theme throughout wartime posters: throwing away lit cigarettes; thoughtless fuel consumption; and wastage of scarce goods – with the biggest campaign against that of rumour and ‘careless talk’. Although a phrase largely associated with the Cold War and Continue Reading →

[PAPER] Propaganda with a Mission: Learning from the Second World War for the Christian Sector in a Digital Age

A paper submitted for the first European Association for the Study of Religion, Economics, and Culture, to be held in September in Durham: In the Second World War, British propaganda posters were circulated using the techniques of persuasion, education, information, celebration, encouragement, morale boosting, and identification of enemies to encourage civilians to understand and undertake Continue Reading →

Propaganda Poster Museum, Shanghai

Maybe I will get to go there one day: Communique No. 8: In China, communist propaganda has gone underground. In fact, the only place you can see idealized posters of Mao and his cadres of heroic workers building utopian communities is in a basement level museum tucked away in a nondescript apartment building in downtown Shanghai. Continue Reading →

25 inspiring not-for-profit ads

I’m always interested in ‘advertising’ that is not to sell a product, but has to sell an idea/concept, as they did in the war. An amazing collection of 25 advertisements by not-for-profit organisations who wanted to step up to the plate and be noticed amongst quality modern advertising… and this one particularly drew my attention: Continue Reading →

Effective Advertising: Naked Policeman?

See what Lancashire Police have to say: “What do I have to do to get you to notice me?” That’s the question that Lancashire Constabulary are continuing to ask motorists on behalf of bikers with the launch of two new billboards. The new large posters appear on billboards in the Tulketh Brow area of Preston Continue Reading →

University Branding?

Really interesting piece in Times Higher Education about Universities and branding (or propaganda!): Although I hate much of the jargon of branding – “positioning”, “differentiation”, “USP” – I believe that the discipline of branding is a good thing for any organisation. It’s a good thing because trying to build a brand forces you to answer some fundamental Continue Reading →

Writing Persuasively?

Fascinating insight into writing persuasively: I never had a single rejection as a fiction writer, but that was because I spent an eight-year apprenticeship as an advertising copywriter, learning to use words to persuade and convince (I nearly wrote corrupt), everything I wrote subjected to reading and noting tests, every word graded according to efficacy. Continue Reading →

#SOCREL13: Depicting Death at War [Conference]

Depicting death at war #SOCREL13 from Bex Lewis Abstract. Second World War Posters Mass Communications Academic, @MMUBS. British Home Front Propaganda posters as researched for a PhD completed 2004. In 1997, unwittingly wrote the first history of the Keep Calm and Carry On poster, which she now follows with interest. https://twitter.com/ww2poster Like it? Share it…