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A post on reddit started this. Packaging is usually eye-popping to grab the consumer and make them buy a particular brand. Wal-Mart, and others, are now going the dystopian route in their packaging.

Wal-Mart

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Sweden

Or just come to Sweden! We already have this kind of brand here: “Blåvitt” (which means “Blue-white“, like the colors on the box). They have corn flakes and a bunch of other stuff. It just says exactly what the product is on the label. Kaffe is coffee, lingonsylt is lingonberry jam, skål is bowl, mugg is mug, and so on.

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Canada

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Bank of Montreal brand Mac ‘n Cheese

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South Africa

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Australia

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Elections are always a contentious time. This year, in Australia, all of the major television networks have refused to air an ad created by GetUp Australia as they consider it distasteful or they don’t want to anger Rupert Murdoch.

Channel 10 said outright on the phone that they wouldn’t run the ad because it criticises [sic] another media outlet. Lachlan Murdoch is on the company’s board. We’re sure the two are totally unrelated.

Channel 7 refused the ad because “the creative execution was considered distasteful and potentially offensive to our audience, so we have decided to make a stand.” So noble. We created a new version of the ad with the ‘offensive’ bits blurred out. They didn’t respond.

Channel 9 at least approved the ad, and ran it for four days. In fact, 615,800 people have already seen it on 9 across Brisbane. On Monday, they pulled the ad, and blamed it on a “coding error,” saying it never should have run. Whoopsadaisey.

So why, exactly are the networks hesitant to run the ad. It may have something to do with the monopoly that Murdoch has on the newspapers in Australia and the relentless propaganda his papers are pushing.

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Regardless of what one thinks of Rudd and his policies, propaganda and censorship do not lend themselves to a free and fair election.

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What domestic spying means to you: analyzing trends in propaganda on a global scale.

Transcript and sources.

Alternate Vimeo link.

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Aaron Wood has created several social media propaganda posters. You can purchase one of his many 11×14 posters. I posted my favorite below, but you can see all of Aaron’s work on his etsy page.

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North Korean propaganda videos are certainly entertaining. This time, their video targets the United States with KN-08 missiles that are intended on hitting Washington, Colorado Springs, Los Angeles, and Honolulu. The only problem is, they have no idea that Colorado Springs is in Colorado, nor do they even know where Colorado is.

You can hear the narrator mention Colorado Springs at about 1 minute, 20 seconds into the video, as a scary-looking line is shown shooting out from North Korea and landing somewhere in the vicinity of Shreveport, La., a 900-mile drive southeast from the intended target.

Video.

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