Propaganda R Us


Friday, September 05, 2008

In Iron Fists: Branding the 20th-Century Totalitarian State, Steven Heller describes how four famous tyrannies (the Nazi party, Stalin, the Italian Fascists, and Mao's Communist Party) used architecture and design for propaganda and control.


Steven Heller

Comments [2]

Lee Eric Shackleford from Birmingham, Alabama

On listening to this segment for the second time (that's how much I love STUDIO 360!) I noticed that Kurt referred to the Alka-Seltzer mascot as "Alky." It's an understandable gaffe -- the name does make sense -- but of course the kid's name was Speedy. It is fun, though, to imagine if those ad campaigns had been built around a character called "Alky" -- perhaps touting Alka-Seltzer's benefits as a remedy for the common hangover.

Sep. 09 2008 09:23 AM
Steve Trutane from

Very interesting topic. A convincing account of how the compelling nature of art can have immediate, visceral, and highly memorable impact on observers and is perhaps the most effective way to reach the masses.

I added a reference to this book on the Wikipedia page for fascist symbolism:

Sep. 07 2008 03:58 AM

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