This seemed the most appropriate forum to me, as the subject's conspiratorial nature is subjective, while the world leaders portrayed are not.
The Economist's cover for the January issue ("The World in 2015") struck me as a Sgt. Pepper-esque mishmash of world political and humanitarian
leaders, with other obvious fictional and illustrative figures as well. There are certainly no coincidences in advertising and graphic arts; every
minute detail is selected for it's purpose. I'd love to hear your ideas about the images and the purpose of such an alarming collection.
Here it is, from the Japanese site (I will post an English copy as well, but the Japanese has FAR greater detail in the image).
Japanese (w detail) ec.nikkeibp.co.jp...
English (no detail) a4.mzstatic.com...
If anyone cares to embed the image I'm sure others will be grateful.
Before opening up the discussion, here are the things I've noticed straight-away:
A two-faced Earth,
A nuclear detonation,
An Amazon.com delivery drone,
(from left to right, back to front, only discussing the things I can personally observe and the people I actually recognize)
A woman with a Singapore scarf, a Japanese woodblock print of a samurai, Napoleon Bonaparte, a woman with wings and eggs on her face, , someone in
virtual reality head-gear, the Chinese president, Ann Suu-Kyi of Burma, Winston Churchill and his "v for victory",
Putin with his eyes covered, Clinton and Merkel wearing similar green necklaces, Merkel's hands as always, Obama, next to/behind him the grinning
Cheshire Cat, and I feel like I ought to recognize that gentleman in the blue vest.
Next I see the Pied Piper, piping, although his pipe is covered in a condom. Then a cropduster helicopter, a ghost picking a vacation, spiderman.
Clownfish coming out of hiding, a child eating processed noodles behind a game of Panic Pachinko (in which the game piece has the Chinese star), a
SUPER buff Panda, is that the Queen in the landrover? Then a painting (I want to say Ver Meer or Rembrandt but I'm probably wrong), and Alice (of
Wonderland) in the foreground.
Resting on the floor, there's a drum set for the 50th Anniversary of the British Rock Invasion, a globe that looks like the Superbowl trophy (with
Focus on Europe, Asia, Africa and Aus), a teeny sumo wrestler holding up a battery (Japanese energy), a turtle that looks surprised, two arrows stuck
in the ground, and what looks like a pearl wrapped in rope.
I'm very curious about the people I didn't recognize, what their roles may be in the coming year. Obviously mostly IMF players but some BRICS in
The scenelet with the Pied Piper really has grabbed my attention---The Pied Piper of Hamelin was said to use his clownlike appearance ("pied"
clothing, meaning multicolored) and his flute to lure children away from villages, never to return. (Not until the 16th century does the rat-removal
job get added to the narrative). [Correction, thanks to fellow member: The end of pipe falls in line with Putin's closed hand.]
What catches your eye? Do you recognize anyone I missed?
Or is this just another case of an ATSer overthinkin' it?
edit on 2-1-2015 by kismetpair927 because: Corrected by member