[FoRK] The story behind No-bama's Soviet-style iconography
jbone at place.org
Mon Jun 2 16:03:18 PDT 2008
BTW, the analogies of the Obama poster to e.g. Joy Division, New
Order, The Residents, and Laibach all underscore another point about
the co-evolving relationship between public and politics in general,
Obama in particular: Obama as artistic expression, a context-free
icon, a rock star; election as performance art, change as lyrical
theme in support of the melody, no substance. We have finally fully
transitioned to the age of Rock Politics. It matters not what the
underlying policies or ideology may be, it's all about who can be the
coolest, the hippest, the most in-your-face anti-establishment.
President as rebel, never mind the cause.
This concerns me greatly.
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