Sunday, 18 August 2013

Propaganda: Power and Presentation Exhibition at the British Library

First of all, I haven't posted for a while and that is something I will aim to rectify. You lucky sods.

I had never been to the British Library before, much less visit an exhibition. But this exhibition, whilst not without its faults was well worth a visit and I highly recommend it. It crams an awful lot into a relatively small exhibition space, and takes a very broad overall view at propaganda and how its evolved from it's earliest days, to the modern use of the internet by governments and also social media such as Twitter.

Whilst I would have liked huge sections on the Soviet regime, the exhibition doesn't focus on any one country or era overwhelmingly. However, there are still plenty enough exhibits etc on the Soviet era, especially under Stalin. The artefacts include Soviet Pravda and other such like publications. One of the aspects of Stalin's rule that fascinates me is how he instilled a culture of fear in all, even those who were close to him. Simon Sebag Montiefiore's seminal work 'The Court of the Red Tsar' describes how Stalin completely rewrote sections of his and Russia's history to suit him and his views.

Overall this exhibition is very much worth a visit, aside from a slightly dull section on medical propaganda.

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