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Envisioning the American Dream
June 9, 2014 7:07 AM   Subscribe

Envisioning the American Dream is "a visual remix of the American Dream as pictured in Mid-Century media" that discusses topics such as Man and Machines, Vintage Advice for Cheaters, and Suburbia for Sale, amongst many others.
posted by gemutlichkeit (5 comments total) 8 users marked this as a favorite

 
To think, there was a time people envisioned an American Dream.

Now they endure it.
posted by five fresh fish at 7:13 AM on June 9 [2 favorites]


Mind, that was a time when it seemed everyone was participating in building a dream together. These days, it feels more like a nightmare imposed by oligarchs.
posted by five fresh fish at 7:16 AM on June 9


The collages are really wonderful, but the commentary is a bit simple-minded. I think there's a lot more nuances that could be explored. Lileks also treads this path, and is a lot funnier.
posted by Ideefixe at 8:28 AM on June 9


Oh, man. The casual misogyny and sexism is really hard to take. I am reminded that this was also an era when men who raped were commonly called "rape artists".
posted by Thorzdad at 9:23 AM on June 9


Ah, this is the collage artist Sally Edelstein. As a devotee of the vintage, I've run across her before. I agree that the commentary is not strong - the girdle entry makes me wonder if she paid attention to anyone who ever wore a girdle. The text seems like advertising messages, especially compared with, say, Ivy Leaf.
posted by jocelmeow at 11:12 AM on June 9


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