CT&D #44. Propaganda Through Visuals

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What is the message this is propaganda piece above trying to convey visually? Is it successful in doing so? Does it inflict fear, pride? What is the story?

I feel that the image provided conveys a sense of intimidation, most likely due to the powerful reputation and enormity of the Chinese Communist government under Mao Zedong’s rule (he is shown in the background). Although it’s somewhat unclear as to what the the lying man is holding in his hand or is even on top of (maybe he’s clenching a book and is on a TV), I can tell that the figure above him is restraining the man from his actions.
If restraining in this sense means preventing the man from reading or watching, it would make sense as this propaganda poster should highlight Mao and his government and undermines free speech; the fact that the big figure with the red apron (a color synonymous with communism) is pointing outward with Mao in the background seems to bring attention away from what people shouldn’t do and what people should look to embrace or fear of instead. The specific fear is especially highlighted by the man being restrained by what looks like a clamp; nonetheless, fear is present even in the red color of the font as it gives more overwhelming power and eye-catching presence to the communist government for those who look at this poster plastered all over a town, village, or city.

Here are 2 very famous propaganda pieces that use an excellent combination of typography (to demonstrate keen presentation and emphasis on message tone and vice versa) and image quality (to support what is said visually, also in tone, mood, or even exaggerated feel for what someone really is meant to portray to the viewers in terms of overall message):

 

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