[FoRK] The story behind No-bama's Soviet-style iconography

Jeff Bone 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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