Here is a new piece simply entitled Network. I spent a great deal of time researching the history of television broadcasting this past weekend, which led to me looking into things like the F.C.C. (Federal Communications Commission) and all of the rules, regulations and acts that surround what content makes it onto the airwaves and into our homes. It’s an interesting and somewhat dubious subject.
Relating to the topic, I started watching a few clips from the 1976 film Network, obviously where I took the name from. The message behind the film is powerful, bleak and very important when thinking about how media is the ultimate weapon in shaping the world. Howard Beale said it best:
“The only truth you know is what you get over this tube! Right now there is a whole, an entire generation that never knew anything that didn’t come out of this tube! This tube is the gospel, the ultimate revelation. This tube can make, or break presidents, popes, prime ministers. This tube is the most awesome goddamn force in the whole godless world, and woe is us if it ever falls into the hands of the wrong people.”
I even found this awesome German version of the Network movie poster:
My poster design reflects the typical viewers’ impression of broadcasting, the idealistic world where everything is okay. There’s some sarcasm at work here especially with the tagline I chose . . . “Everything you always wanted, brought to you.”
This is designed at 18 x 24 and will eventually land in the Signalnoise Store.