“You know, in a sane world, every country would unite against Iran and blow it off the face of the earth. That would be the sane thing to do.”
Bill O'Reilly on his radio program The Radio Factor, March 8, 2006
“The propagandist’s purpose is to make one set of people forget that certain other sets of people are human.”
-Aldous Huxley, 1937
The photographer Alexander Gardner recorded the unromantic aftermath of the bloodiest day in American history. In September 1862, he came to the Battle of Antietam after some 4,000 soldiers were killed in a 12-hour period. He may well have been the first photographer to document the battlefield dead.
An article in Slate which tells the story displays a curious title: “The Battlefield Photos That Changed Everything.” Realistic photographs of war have made an impact, but have they really changed “everything” — or indeed, anything?
Always popular with manufacturers, the game is still being played again and again and again.
More from Denmark’s excellent The Animation Workshop found here.
“If there is no struggle there is no progress. Those who profess to favor freedom and yet depreciate agitation…want crops without plowing up the ground, they want rain without thunder and lightening. They want the ocean without the awful roar of its many waters…. Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and it never will.”
Frederick Douglass, 1857
Shepherd Fairey’s tender evocation of the loving patriotic family. Cherish your bombs, for one day they must go out into the world.
A stirring portrait of our star from the celebrated educational film Our Precious Bombs.
In his Disasters of War series, Francisco Goya celebrated man’s majestic ingenuity in the trumpeted Age of Enlightenment. He gave the image below the following description:
“A heroic feat! With dead men”
Our time must also be the age of enlightenment! How comforting that, in our evolved state, we’re still capable of such creative masterworks!
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Hello, earthlings, we’re your fucking neighbors. We really don’t want to be rude, but if you don’t stop killing everyone and everything, we’ve got no choice but to wipe your ass off the face of the universe.A vintage trailer to the fabulous 1951 scifi classic,The Day the Earth Stood Still.
If you have questions or problems, it’s nice to know there’s someone to talk to. Tom Tomorrow’s Droney is most reassuring. “We get to do whatever we want — forever!”
The bombing of Hiroshima as a children’s cartoon? Seriously eerie.
The YouTube comments provoked by the dark cartoon are always worth a look.
From our gallery of ongoing YouTube INFILTRATIONS. A report on Syrian child war refugees via the pop kitsch of Japanese girl band Girl Generation.