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 thereafter applied to more recent events, particularly terrorist campaigns, this chapter focuses on the idea of the ‘enemy within’. The…

[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 their responsibilities in ‘The People’s War’. In the face of oft-reported declines in church membership, there is urgency for the…

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. The Propaganda Poster Museum is the private project of Yang Pei Ming, who supports this labor of love by selling…

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 and near Asda on Ovangle Road in Lancaster, available to view until 28 July. They feature a roads policing officer…
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