Saturday, January 29, 2011

The Middle East

Another great image from the Middle East. This one is Reuters, via Al Jazeera. I'm fascinated by the iconography of demonstrations. Here the symbols are traditional: the Hitler moustache and swastika on Mubarak, the child's hammer and sickle face mask. If you look two pictures down, you will find someone using V for Vendetta (the comic or the movie) and the Domino Theory, which comes (as far as I know) from the US and the Vietnam Era. In between is the guy with a sign in English saying Egypt equals freedom. What we have here is an international language and iconography. Demonstrators are signaling to the world.


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