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    Artwork, Design and Propaganda

    I've recently stumbled over a lot of vintage adds, book covers and such that would make great everyday propaganda in this story world... like rulesketch and Ulver I believe that good legislation and state authority can do only so much... more important is the change in culture, habits and traditions of a society. And I'm currently reading Kahnemann's "Thinking Fast and Slow" - lot's of fantastic and subtle brainwashing stuff that could be perfect for this story. I'll give post an excerpt below, but first, here a few vintage items I just LOVE:
    Last edited by peterjones; 04-08-2017, 10:41 AM.
    My women wear seamed stockings and heels - whether they like it or not! Although wetlook leggings are also fine...

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    Excerpt of Kahnemann's "Thinking, Fast and Slow", Chapter 5, "Cognitive Ease": In short, this means that the lazy human brain craves familiarity and coherence in it's surroundings.

    A goal of propaganda/media control in our story universe should therefore be to present a unified, simple message that is consistent over all media (books, magazines, newspapers, TV, websites, social media…) of “how great the change to society has been”and avoid any disturbance of the picture. Associate our message with coherence, order, happiness, ease. And remove any info bit that does not fit the picture.

    Therefore, media filters for women, w-rated movies, “no-go” areas should be created to avoid any unwanted stimulus to the female brain. If this is done well, the effect would be that if a woman happens to stumble upon some “unwanted” content, such as smuggled-in feminist propaganda, it would cause cognitive dissonance, unease, unhappiness in her mind – and she will be thankful if the authorities remove the cause of unhappiness asap.
    My women wear seamed stockings and heels - whether they like it or not! Although wetlook leggings are also fine...

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      #3
      I admire this level of thinking and foundational work-- good stuff!
      Always working behind the scenes

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        #4
        Originally posted by Selectacorp View Post
        I admire this level of thinking and foundational work-- good stuff!
        Thanks, very kind of you. Currently, my mind seems to be in a state in which everything I see, read or listen to sparks ideas how to pervert the original content and use it in the story... More examples will follow.
        My women wear seamed stockings and heels - whether they like it or not! Although wetlook leggings are also fine...

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          #5
          Here ist annother one: It's from a Volkswagen commercial: "A lot can happen in 5 years".

          In our story, we could use this to make our point: "Your cute little princess can turn into a teenage slutbucket over night - if you don't help her stay on the path of purity. Contact your local FWO for a list of government approved chastity belt makers and schedule an appointment today!"
          My women wear seamed stockings and heels - whether they like it or not! Although wetlook leggings are also fine...

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          • Selectacorp
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            your copy makes more sense than the ad agency's!

          • peterjones
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            Thanks, glad that you liked the idea!

          #6
          Selectacorp Ulver Ok, guys. I messed up. I tried to write a "101" for this game, but I couldn't. No inspiration. Instead, I made THIS, all in one session. It is strongly related to the story, but I'm afraid the old, stuffy, boring bureaucrat in me broke through again... little story telling, more administration. Anyway, I'd be happy to know that/if this amuses you aat least a bit...
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          My women wear seamed stockings and heels - whether they like it or not! Although wetlook leggings are also fine...

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          • 1zaza1
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            Bravo! Superb. My only request, do you have a larger version of the bottom right image on page 14? The woman holding up the chastity belt has the perfect mixture of grimness and malice that befits an employee belting a (soon to be former) female superior.

          • peterjones
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            1zaza1 - Thank you! Unfortunately, I don't have a larger picture - the model is the lovely Donna fro chastitybabes.com http://www.chastitybabes.com/archives/2765

          • Ulver
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            You can download a complete siterip on emporium. I have on on my HDD as well.

          #7
          I've read it, and it's very good. Of course your personal preferences in terms of clothing style are also conveyed very neatly within the document as well and that's not a bad thing either.

          Well thought out and nicely presented.

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          • peterjones
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            Thank you Sharkey! I'm very happy that you enjoyed this little slideshow. Yeah, I guess that's one of the best features of writing your own content: You geht to decide what women wear :-) Although I'm trying to restrain myself - e.g didn't include seamed nylons on purpose, as not many guys share my fetishes and get bored easily by them. I'm glad to hear that this level of high heel rambling didn't bother you :-)

          #8
          So finally had a chance to read and enjoy. Of course it is great-- makes bureaucracy actually look fun! I thought the focus on mainstreaming was crucial and well constructed. Internalising values inversion is key but also socialising through 'approved' female role models is just as important. During even the most patriarchal periods in human history women have only accepted male decisions with reservations-- and yet get another woman to agree with that decision, and the rest fall in line. It amazes me how much influence women have over other women-- men are much harder to coral. 'Approved' role models would be the key and associating new norms with female aspirations would the most effective go to market delivery method. Indeed, 'celebrity' management would be an important aspect of the conversion. High profile females that serve as role models would give lower status females permission to take on new fashions, behaviour norms, etc.

          tldr; loved it! more more
          Always working behind the scenes

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          • peterjones
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            Thank you, I’m very glad to like it, Bureaucracy IS fun, of course! At least for me anyway. These puny efforts are just little side show, to keep the interest up in this topic and to bridge the gap to the main show by you Selectacorp ! When you find the time in a few weeks/months...

            But indeed, the idea of soft power, mainstreaming, role models, celebrity “control” – all that is what I was aiming for and what I believe is necessary to achieve for societal transformation in this story (or elsewhere…). Legal changes normally follow society, not the other way around in our current in (post-) democracies… the other way only works in dictatorships/police states. Which would not be funny in terms of storytelling.

            I might have one more of these presentations up my sleeve… I see what I can do.

          • MaxDS
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            It's gloriously subtle subterfuge. I love it.

          #9
          Ulver Selectacorp so, I did it again… another policy briefing, this one most probably even more boring than the first one… sexist and classist too this time. It begins with my fetishes, and than just throws text walls at you (even tables, by all means…). But all to keep this idea alive until you both get around to do a proper Arcana....

          Perhaps also interesting for you, MaxDS 1zaza1 Sharkey ?
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          My women wear seamed stockings and heels - whether they like it or not! Although wetlook leggings are also fine...

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            #10
            Thanks. Great job.

            Very inspiring. I love the way you think things over and consider the implications.

            As a society Gilead from handmaiden’s tale doesn’t actually make any sense but many of the individual ideas presented there does and you seem to have been inspired. One thing I picked up on is that most of the truly horrific acts done directly to the female main character in the series are actually done by other women. When she is tortured it is other women doing the torturing, during her interrogation it is another woman who shocks her – the male in charge is actually fairly easygoing by comparison and of course the commander’s wife has far more reason to hate her then the commander himself who is actually a fairly benign owner by comparison.

            Interesting how systems are set in place pitting women against other women. Inspiration for your female personal office manager? Setting things up so then men in charge are actually more easygoing toward office girls then the women put directly in charge of them? Encouraging women to seek out male protectors?

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              #11
              DLoading now! Looking forward to reviewing it!
              Always working behind the scenes

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                #12
                EDIT: I have been advised to bei more carefull as this features real life persons. If you are interested in Police Briefing 3, PM me.

                So, annother one is finished... It's again a bit darker, but somehow this kind of wrote itself! Many thanks to Selectacorp for the database idea!

                Spoiler Alert: Sherlock Season 4 ending featured!

                Ulver I wanted to inlclude a ballerina, but she got postponed to Briefing 4... but you can look forward to her coming soon!
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                My women wear seamed stockings and heels - whether they like it or not! Although wetlook leggings are also fine...

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                • peterjones
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                  Thank you! I always admitted that I feel that I'd be a good mid-level manager in any totalitarian system... But you'll always be the CEO/Prime Minister-type!

                • Selectacorp
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                  Hardly. I'm so contrarian I'd be leading the revolution against my own regime should anyone ever be so foolish as to invest me with any power!

                • peterjones
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                  Ha, that is to be tested! You'd be able to have the vision and the grand concept (you started this, after all). Leave the rest to us, we'll run the show - but according to your ideas.
                  But modesty is a wise trait for any leader... Look at Serena Joy from "A handmaids tale" - a clever woman, but not smart. She does not factor in the moves of her internal oponents (mysogynistic men!) at all... she's focussed on her own ideas and visions, neglecting the dialectics of her actions. I call this the "think tank fallacy" - thinking that you'll prevail by default if you just keep your ideology pure and clean. Nobody who has ever held public office or as any experience in public service would be so stupid - only outsiders fall for it. Oh, and Americans: They never read Hegel or Marx...
                  Anyway, I'll still keep you as Prime Minister if you don't mind...

                #13
                Thanks for the another excellent”episode”.
                You are of course quite right that culture and attitude drives laws rather than the other way around.
                Having read your work I can’t help but wonder if there isn’t some way to anonymize your characters so you can publish it?
                From a previous discussion I have a few more ideas on how to put down women in news reporting

                Personally I love the word “bossy”

                Call a little girl “bossy” and she starts to avoid leadership roles because she’s afraid of being seen as unlikeable. People are already wary of assertive women at work, but call a woman “aggressive” out loud and they will probably like her less. Call a female politician a ballbuster enough times, and people may actually be less likely to vote for her. Words tell us something about the way our culture perceives women in power, and whether we believe they’re supposed to be there

                So I’d like lots of articles that call Girls Bossy. Or Grown Women Aggressive. Also brusque, ballbusters, bitchy, careerist, cold, calculating — you get the point. Also: shrill and strident, both of which imply high-pitched and screechy women.

                The reality is that these words are rooted and reinforce social perceptions we want to promote. What makes them especially useful is that they are only applied to women. Think about it: girls are bossy; boys have “leadership qualities.” Women are deemed aggressive, while men are simply decisive (or just, um, bosses). It would help to show a world where women in power are being punished for exhibiting qualities of assertiveness, because it veers from the feminine mold and we can’t have that can we?

                Just as important is to consistently suggest that lack of feminine submissiveness in a women makes her crazy. If she isn’t obedient to male authority she could also usefully be described as ‘Moody,’ ‘Hysterical,’ or ‘Emotional’ as well

                The constantly reinforced image of the crazy, emotional, moody, hysterical, PMS-ing, crazy woman — or even better, the crazy, emotional, hysterical romantic stalker — is a great tool for putting unruly girls in their place and keeping them there. Crazy is a wonderful catch-all putdown for any woman you don’t like/makes you uncomfortable/doesn’t fit the mold. Let’s try to write news stories that fix that label to the woman who expresses opinions. The woman who speaks too loud, or out of turn. Rule of thumb: If she yell describe her as crazy.

                Take any chance to describe grown female persons as girls. Don’t ever call her a woman if you can possible get away with calling her a girl. Simply makes her less serious in the readers mind and really – all women are girls in the Selectacorp universe they not?

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                • peterjones
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                  That is agreat idea, Ulver! It'll be featured in a upcoming episode, definitely!

                  And thanks for reading through it, and I'm happy you enjoyed it.

                  Concerning anonymisation of the characters, it could be done, absolutely. Just changing the names and pics, it would just require a few hours of effort. But actually, I don't see the need for it... besides you and Selectacorp - and very few other forum members - nobody is going to see it/has an interest in seeing it.

                • Selectacorp
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                  I totally disagree. I think your body of work absolutely requires a 'treatment' and we'll get to it soon!

                • peterjones
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                  Yeah, I do agree that this story is worth to be written... and if it get's your treatment, it'll be wonderful. But these little slideshows here will not be that important to it in the end - but I'm glad that these serve as inspiration for it. I think they are not that badly done... but not a "real" story or a substitute for a proper Arcana.

                #14
                It is worth noting that currently this is posted on a forum section only a handful of members can actually see. We could move the discussion to somewhere in the idea pipeline or even project development. Premature at this point I suppose but I is something to consider.
                As for your next briefing a few more thoughts comes to mind
                Use cutesy descriptors of all women in news reports. Petite. Ladylike. Blond. Blue-eyed. Perky. Or perhaps having a “soft, girlie voice,” Emphasize a female politicians cleavage, her ankles, her haircuts, pants suits, or the color of her blouse — “rich, glowing hair,” “drab D.C. clothes” or that she wore the same outfit twice. You may think it is irrelevant to the story but it reinforces that what is important about women is the way they look not the silly things they say

                Always try finding a way to describe the Sound of a person’s Feminine Voice. Especially the Tone of It. Women naturally has higher-pitched voices than men. There’s no male equivalent of “shrill” or “screechy.” And while we’re at it, let’s try and use plenty of descriptors like “whiny,” “nagging” or “complaining” to refer to women.

                Men in conflict with each other should usually portrayed as worthy rivals while any disagreement between women can usefully be described as a “catfight” Two Women Running Against Each Other, Or Disagreeing, should be described as catty or bitchy, constantly on the verge of a catfight. I love the way it inject sexual undertones and generally devalue the accomplishments of women whose disagreement can be usually categorized as catfights. With any luck the “catfight” stereotype actually carries over into the workplace — giving women a bad reputation and leading to long-term implications.

                Finally make sure to always use Gender Qualifiers. Female comedian, female director, female journalist… journalists covering “women’s issues” Perhaps suggest someone lauded because she is successful ‘for a woman.’ I imagine a media industry were the success of any woman should always be qualified by her gender.

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                  #15
                  These are all brilliant ideas, Ulver ! As usual... Look ahead to briefing 4, I have an idea that will surely please the historian in you!

                  Concenring a potential move of the thread - it might indeed be premature. I don't see these briefings as "l'art pour l'art", i.e. as something that can or should stay alone. These are mere improvisations that I undertake to help building an universe in which an Aracana can happen... pure background art, if you will.

                  My women wear seamed stockings and heels - whether they like it or not! Although wetlook leggings are also fine...

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