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Subliminally Spoofed Gamer Posters

The Pacman Propaganda Images Comment on Public Advertisements

— October 7, 2012 — Pop Culture
Joseph Baranowski's Pacman Propaganda posters are reminiscent of a stern Uncle Sam, pointing his finger and requesting that strapping young lads sign up for the army.

These posters show the famous gamer icon and his cronies boasting various political and recruiting messages. The googly-eyed ghosts are shown blown-up on a sheet of brown with the phrase "support our troops" motioning to the team of ghosts who chase after Pac-Man as well as to the army. Another image mimics the recruitment posters colleges and universities have plastered all over city bus shelters and public transit. Pac-Man is shown about to demolish a frightened ghost enemy. The title at the top of the image reads "Prepared?" and then a smaller statement below says "Ghost University."

The Pacman propaganda posters point out the subliminal messages that citizens are continually subjected to in their daily lives.
Trend Themes
1. Subliminal Messaging in Advertising - Opportunity for companies to explore the use of subliminal messages in their advertisements to influence consumer behavior.
2. Nostalgia Marketing - Potential for businesses to tap into nostalgia by incorporating iconic characters or symbols from popular culture into their marketing campaigns.
3. Political Satire in Art - Artists can leverage political satire to create thought-provoking pieces that critique societal norms and influence public opinion.
Industry Implications
1. Advertising - Disruptive innovation opportunity for advertising agencies to experiment with subliminal messaging techniques in their campaigns.
2. Marketing - Opportunity for marketers to utilize nostalgia marketing strategies to engage with audiences and create emotional connections with their brands.
3. Art and Design - Artists have the opportunity to use political satire as a form of disruptive innovation to challenge societal norms and spark important conversations.
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