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January 20, 2012

Not Your Usual Adbusters Cover?

(Note: I saw a version of this that wasn’t the actual Adbusters cover which I wrote about this afternoon. My comments below are revised to reflect the actual cover of the UK edition.)

Adbusters covers are known for complete provocation, perverting the status quo with a dada-ist twist, and this — giving the cover over to a meditated portrait of the violent anarchist — seems no different. When you onsider Adbusters’ role as the catalyst behind the non-violent Occupy movement, however, it suddenly puts the representation of a a “black bloc,” or  violent anarchist in a whole different light.

On any other day, this would demonstrate how enamored Adbusters is with disequilibrium by way of the violent fringe. In this case, though, I think the cover — in a 180º reversal — is not about provocation at all. Instead, I think they actually are holding up this element of society for inspection and examination, asking us to think about  a range of issues, including: the media dynamics of ”when it bleeds, it leads”; what do you do when violent revolutionaries interject themselves in a more utopian-minded revolution?; and … did these guys do us in?

(image: Adbusters)

  • Enoch Root

    If you don’t understand this image then you have never read adbusters. (Hint: UPC code)

    I remember when the Media Foundation was just trying to get the piggy TV ad shown during the Super Bowl. O well, lost that one…

    • http://www.bagnewsnotes.com Michael Shaw

      Enoch: Thanks for your comment. Not sure your UPC reference was a clue that I didn’t have the right cover up. Also, not sure your comment still applies to the re-write. In any case, I’m wondering how much Occupy has shifted things for the Media Foundation.

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