Saturday, April 28, 2007

A very pale shade of true red-Chinese propaganda posters.

From Stefan Landsberger's Poster Pages via Metafilter.

"Traditionally, Chinese political culture has used the arts to propagate ideals of correct behavior and thought. This practice did not stop with the establishment of the People's Republic of China in 1949. On the contrary, propaganda art continued to be seen as one of the major means to explain and illustrate the 'correct' policies of the moment and the Communist Party's visions of the future. Thus, it reinforced the messages passed on by other media such as newspapers, film and radio broadcasting."

"The use of science-fiction images, as a backdrop for the messages of economic development, gave the posters a truly utopian quality. Struggle was no longer the theme propagated, and the people were urged to be more careful, civilized, cultured and courteous instead."

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