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April 4, 2008

Obama mania: Is this 2008 ... or 1984?

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.... that's the question Gar Joseph is asking over at the Philadelphia Daily News, and he goes on suggest that the campaign poster on this page reminds one of a totalitarian cult:


In my mind, the poster couldn't possibly be more Orwellian.

Gar obviously agrees:

U.S. SEN. Barack Obama's critics have called his presidential campaign a cult of personality.

His glassy-eyed supporters are enraptured. The media are docile. Hollywood stars make music videos about him.

"There is something just a wee bit creepy about the mass messianism," Joe Klein of Time magazine has observed.

But we ask you, does the campaign poster on this page remind you of a totalitarian cult?

Wait, don't answer that.

The Soviet-style heroic Obama, the use of a single word "Hope," do make the SEPTA bus shelter posters a bit reminiscent of George Orwell's "1984."

Its more direct antecedent is John Carpenter's 1988 paranoid totalitarian fantasy flick, "They Live." Replace the word "Hope" with "Obey" on that Obama poster and tell us what you think.

The poster was designed by urban street artist/skateboarder Shepard Fairey, who enjoys a successful career as an artist and designer in Los Angeles.

Fairey gained fame with a couple of viral street-art campaigns in the 1990s, including "Andre the Giant has a Posse" and "Obey Giant," which resulted in thousands of small posters and stickers appearing on lamp posts and walls (and everywhere else) in urban centers around the nation.

The question is why the Obama campaign endorses artwork that makes him look like Big Brother.

As weird and eerie as the above poster is, let's move on to something even more weird - this must-see "wierd and angry," Muslim Americans for Obama Video ( HT - Z Truth). ZTruth suggest that there appears to be machine-gun sounds at the end of it? (3 min, 29 seconds)

This brings us full circle back to the premise of the title: Is Obama mania a cult and is it eerily Orwellian in nature? So far, what we're seeing from his "followers" (rather than "supporters") and his messianic-like image he purposefully projects suggests that an Obama presidency would take us a long way toward the "Big Brother" government Orwell envisioned in his book.

Posted by Abdul at April 4, 2008 9:52 PM

The whole Obama/messiah thing is unnerving, and gives one a feeling of uneasiness. "Cult," absolutely, "Orwellian," that too.

It's very Big "Brotherish"!

BTW - definitely the sound of automatic weapon fire at the end of the video.

Posted by: Richard at April 5, 2008 9:47 PM

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