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Propaganda Art in the 21st Century [Jonas Staal]

Propaganda Art in the 21st Century [Jonas Staal]

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[Propaganda] [Critical Analysis] [Contemporary Critique]

Propaganda Art in the 21st Century

Jonas Staal

MIT Press, Cambridge, 2019. First Edition.

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From the publisher: “Propaganda art—whether a depiction of joyous workers in the style of socialist realism or a film directed by Steve Bannon—delivers a message. But, as Jonas Staal argues in this illuminating and timely book, propaganda does not merely make a political point; it aims to construct reality itself. Political regimes have shaped our world according to their interests and ideology; today, popular mass movements push back by constructing other worlds with their own propagandas. In Propaganda Art in the 21st Century, Staal offers an essential guide for understanding propaganda art in the post-truth era.”

A very engaging read that makes the argument propaganda itself builds the reality we live in, and provides frameworks for how propaganda can be repurposed to build a world worth living in. This is not just another history of propaganda laden with Nazi and Soviet posters; this is a framework on how to understand the reality we currently dwell in.

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