Political Rorschach

Rorschach Poster

Rorschach Picture

I have encountered this poster in multiple hallways.  I like to look at it because it seems to me an inspired political “statement.”  It says nothing but seems to betoken much.  “Never forget” invokes the Holocaust, of course, to all who know of that usage over the last decades.  The indirect question “Why We Study This Subject” is brilliant flim-flam.  The indirect question is not answered, yet its answer seems evident.  Indeed, reasonable persons not only could but would disagree about what the subject might be or ought to be.  The subject was terrorism?  unconventional warfare?  international political economy?  guns and bombs?  the baneful effects of mixing religion and politics?  We’re pretty sure the inference is not that the subject was roses, but little more than that is clear.

Meaning is in the eye of the beholder.

What a perfectly, beautifully empty symbol!  What delightfully vapid blather!  A consummately arresting skyline makes for a cunningly eye-catching but empty symbol.  Are we at such a stage in our political decline that vacant minds are taken in by a vacuous graphic?


One Response to “Political Rorschach”

  1. O. Says:

    Yes: a tricky conflation of historical events, and a self-aggrandizing inflation of teaching and studying. The “stuff” we need to study includes posters like this one.

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