10 October 2005

Howard's Five-Year Plan

I couldn't help but see some of the Government's industrial relations advertising campaign over the weekend, as the commercials ran at one stage during every ad break. Apart from making me vaguely ill, like I was being made to swallow something disagreeable, I couldn't help but think of Stalin.

Specifically, I was reminded of those bits of stock film from the deepest darkest days of the Soviet era, with smiling happy peasants waving to the camera from the backs of their tractors, surrounded by waves of gently swaying wheat. See the happy peasants, as Comrade Stalin ushers us into a glorious future era of prosperity for all!

I couldn't help but laugh sardonically as we were treated to images of smiling happy blue-collar workers with their arms around their bosses as they share a laugh on the factory floor. Presumably, the moments of hilarity were being docked from the shoppies' pay.

God knows how this is going down with the Herald-Sun readers.

4 comments:

I am the Queen of F*%&ING EVERYTHNG...OK!! said...

Could not agree more, enough is enough, talk about satuaration advertising...its not even informative just propaganda and I know two people in the ads, so the ads are made up too and not real places or workers.

Crritic! said...

Really? I was wondering about the people in the ads actually. Did they know what they were posing for? Were they happy to endorse the government line?

Hmmm.

I am the Queen of F*%&ING EVERYTHNG...OK!! said...

Ummmm actually one is a lighting tech at MTC, who acts p/t the other is a student NOT sure if they actually work part time in the workplaces portrayed in the ads...really doubt it. SAY NO MORE

Anonymous said...

Same as Medcraft's 5 year plan?