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Dog whistle? July 8, 2020

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This was drawn to my attention by FW, the photograph of the stage at Mount Rushmore where President Trump gave a 4th of July speech that was received with less than whole-hearted enthusiasm.

As was pointed out to me, there’s something oddly ante-bellum about the look of it. Perhaps it is the white stars on a blue field, but also the decorative pillar-like lines that frame them.

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1. alanmyler - July 8, 2020

You might be over-thinking that WBS, given your professional training and designer’s eye for these things. What does strike me generally about American design styles in general (if there’s any validity in generalising about such a thing) is how prim and proper and conservative they are, often lavish but almost always naff to a European eye. That stage is one example, but it’s everywhere in corporate logos and on-line website layouts etc etc etc. Not saying that America lacks sub-cultures which embrace variety and imagination, just that the default flavour seems to imply a reverence for dull tastelessness.

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WorldbyStorm - July 8, 2020

You could well be right. One thing that US design has that British design also has is a remarkable emphasis on the flag in contexts that to Irish eyes are probably unusual. For example in commercial contexts etc.

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2. An Sionnach Fionn - July 8, 2020

You’ve now sent me down an internet hole of articles on American political art which will probably consume the rest of my day. Damn you! 😀

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