Modern propaganda poses a multitude of interesting questions about the nature of technology and its influential power. Propaganda is studied in school, but people do not necessarily see it occurring in modern times. Seeing a poster created by a very real, very threatening terrorist group that has a very insinuating message, is frightening. What is even more frightening is that Westerners are unaware that this is happening. We do not see, or perhaps we do not want to see the information ISIS is propagating.
The article poses questions about the value of originality and the integrity of a message. It is twistedly ironic that ISIS used an image designed to highlight the fears of young girls in a war zone and used it to recruit people to participate in violence in the region. The image created by ISIS is quite powerful. It shows the ISIS flag being targeted by missiles, but protected. It means that even though Islam, as a whole, is being targeted by major Western powers, it is protected and therefore, you can be a part of it. It shows ISIS as strong, but the original piece showed vulnerability. The artist of the original piece, Brian McCarty, was most upset by this, saying, “It took some days to process and I’ve grown more angry and more outraged not at the theft but at the corruption of the message.” Corruption of an original message can be a very powerful tool. It can make people feel as if the complete truth is being revealed.
The story included in this article shows the great tension between the West and radical Islam, vulnerability and protection, being targeted and targeting. The article was well written and interesting. It allows a connection to be forged between art, real events, and social commentary on the state of our society and culture.
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