Category Archives: Bad Propaganda

On the Use of Hip-Hop as Anti-Communist Propaganda

Leave it to U.S. government agencies to come up with creative ways to undermine the enemy — like using rap songs and hip-hop culture to bring down the Communist regime in Cuba. In this fascinating story from 2015, Darien Cavanaugh … Continue reading

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Why Ewan McGregor’s American Pastoral is Better than Philip Roth’s

Addition by subtraction is a common concept in, of all places, sports. Say, you have a team with a player who hugs the ball, is not a good team-mate, etc. Even if this guy is a good player at that … Continue reading

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Art As A Beautiful Lie: the Case of “Fearless Girl”

It’s really hard to think of a more effective use of art as propaganda than the “Fearless Girl” sculpture in New York, which is being moved to the New York Stock Exchange. Fawning press coverage will have you believe this … Continue reading

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The Zizekian Horror of Spielberg’s “Ready Player One”

In a review in The New Yorker, Richard Brody obviously channels his inner Slavoj Zizek when he writes, right off the bat: Steven Spielberg’s “Ready Player One” is not a video-game-centered dystopian teen adventure but a horror film, a movie of … Continue reading

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Cómo Schiller Creó Al Inquisidor Español de El Nombre de la Rosa

(Actualizado el 6 Feb. 2018) Friedrich Schiller andaba justo de pasta en 1783; sus obras de teatro no eran muy exitosas, así que decidió buscar un tema que tuviera éxito en la muy protestante, y algo pueblerina, corte de Weimar … Continue reading

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El Guernica, la pieza propagandística más famosa de la historia

Cuando iba a preescolar en Barcelona a finales de la década de 1970, mis padres tenían una gran reproducción del cuadro más famoso de Pablo Picasso, el Guernica, en pleno salón de nuestra casa. Esto era muy de la época: … Continue reading

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Defending Charles Martel from Haters

In the latest issue of the Times Literary Supplement, behind the paywall, in response to this article here:  

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