Today in OBEY

Nick Mamatas:

Back in the 1990s, this ad would be the result of billboard liberation, which I at first assumed it was.

It's actual corporate copy.

sweet emoji:

i can gauge your political spectrum based solely on whether you compare our dystopia to orwell's 1984 or john carpenter's "they live"

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17 Responses:

  1. phuzz says:

    I'm still trying to work out who that advert is aimed at.
    Their definition of 'doer' should really end "You have very poor organisational skills, and could probably do with just chilling out for a bit"

  2. pavel_lishin says:

    Keep flapping or die.

  3. Wil E. Coyote says:

    So, liking Orwell means now that you're a fascist white male?

    Thanks for the memo. I had missed that.

    • Thomas Lord says:

      So, liking Orwell means now that you're a fascist white male?

      Thanks for the memo. I had missed that.

      There are other tells.

    • James says:

      Is that the alignment? Orwell was a free market socialist.

    • margaret says:

      i keep rereading the original quote and i'm still not finding the part about what a person "likes" nor the part that identifies them as white, male, or fascist. but, if you are that sensitive about it, maybe it's something you should look into and possibly change what you are doing if you don't like the label.

      • Wil E. Coyote says:

        Well, you know, lately I've seen more than a few people on the left who call Orwell a snitch; apparently they are butthurt that he attacked communism (or "stalinism but not communism", in the words of one of his defenders). But admittedly, the people I've been reading might not be related to the people we are talking about in this thread.

    • Glaurung says:

      "So, liking Orwell means now that you're a fascist white male?"

      It's something I have been seeing since I was a child in the Reagan era, and it probably goes back even before then. Hard right anti-communists, including teachers who should have known better, who thought, and taught, that 1984 was a critique of Communism and fascism, full stop. That you could not really draw lessons from it about the good old USA.

    • McCormick McCarthy says:

      1984: You believe that the State is the most fearful Oppressor, and that the defense against the State is a strong Democracy guided by The Invisible Hand

      They Live: You believe that Corporate Hives are the most fearful Oppressor, and that the defense against the Hive is a strong Democracy enforcing the Social Good

      -OR (by Reddit Rules)-

      1984: You believe that centralized Disinformation designed to destabilize rational thought is the Oppressor, and that the only defense against current regime occupying the White House is strong Democracy enforced by the end of Crony Capitalism.

      They Live: You believe that (((The Mainstream Media))) designed to destabilize moral purity is the Oppressor, and the only defense against the (((Soros Conspiracy))) occupying (((The Liberal Cities))) is a strong Democracy enforced by the end of (((Banking Elites)))

      Oddly, the last two kind of wrap around towards one another...

  4. Karellen says:

    i can gauge your political spectrum based solely on whether you compare our dystopia to orwell's 1984 or john carpenter's "they live"

    False dichotomy! (Do I win internet points for spotting it?)

  5. callmenerdly says:

    The bottom of the advert not being flush with the bottom of the "scraps" picture is just the sort of disruption we need to break out of our mindless routines.

  6. nooj says:

    Guys, he never said "gauge accurately."

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