Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Analytical Blog- Photos

It's interesting how in the past, during the 1900s, war efforts were praised rather than shunned. The American people stood by their government, taking rations rather then actual meals and grabbing a wrench to help construct army machinery.
The government praised those who fought and the general population was ready to do anything they could to bring another victory to America. Classic propaganda images such as the one pictured above(Uncle Sam and Rosie the Riveter) grabbed the attention of young men and even posters of the feminine figure longing for her husband fighting on the front lines, pictured right, promoted women participating in the war efforts as well. However,today, these images of patriotism don't seem to be nearly as prevalent.

Instead of having iconic figures of the bearded spirit of America gracing our walls, we are introduced into a world that seems to strive more for peace, rather than the efforts of brutality to achieve power. But, by not having these patriotic images anymore, could America be hurting itself more than helping? These images not only brought a sense of "WE CAN DO IT" to the minds of Americans, but, they also brought a sense of community. A "we are all in this together" mentality. But, now with the negativity floating through the streets, condemning anything and everything, perhaps these images may have been the last remnants of community and belonging in America.

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