2013-04-27

The Fountain of Ruse




Political propaganda makes a parasitic use of our mythical heritage; it is "mystagogic" rather than "mythopoetic" (Gillo Dorfles, Naturaleza y artificio, 1977). The ruse is not difficult to discover, because, in order to achieve that, it resorts to myths symbolizing the opposite of what propaganda tries to hide: i.e. eternal youth vs. radioactivity.

Image after Lucas Cranach the Elder's Der Jungbrunnen (The Fountain of Youth, 1546) [pd], Charles Levy/US Federal Government's atomic bombing of Nagasaki (1945) [pd] and Tomás Lorente Abellán/La Vanguardia's Spanish minister and American ambassador bathing in Palomares (1966) [fu/fd].