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1984 circa 2012

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Is Michael Bloomberg starring in a new version of 1984 on Broadway? If so, this would be a good poster for the play.

What, you mean this is a serious poster meant to intimidate the people of New York. Oh dear.

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  • Jon H

    Always vigilant, rarely correct in spelling.

    • firefall

      More accurate than their shooting?

      • Hey always hit something or somebody.

    • spencer

      Shit, I didn’t even notice that until you pointed it out.

      • rea

        I thought it was pretty damn bizarre even before the misspelling as pointed out.

  • Heron

    It truly is amazing how often US authoritarians turn to the James Bond Well, and how deeply they draw from it. Bunch of goddamn adolescents playing at cowboys and Indians.

    • firefall

      but not usually as the bad guys

  • No, wath-ching is a thing. Also, the drone just takes it over the top.

    • UberMitch

      Is the drone on the right firing two missiles? Is that what those black shapes above the wings are supposed to be?

      • ploeg

        No wonder the roads are so crappy. When they said that speed limits are “laser enforced,” I thought they meant that they used lasers to measure your speed.

        • More rubble is both a solution and a problem, but let’s call the glass half full, mkay?

          • guthrie

            It’s an opportunity!

    • Woodrowfan

      wasn’t Wath-Ching an 80s rock group? “Everybody Wath-Ching Tonight” or some such…

      • spencer

        No, you’re thinking of the Wath Ching Clan.

  • Kyle

    It’s missing an image of Lt. Tony Baloney pepper-spraying caged peaceful protestors for sport.

  • Paul Campos

    (Hastily puts down 20 oz. soda)

    • hylen

      LOL

    • CD

      +1

    • Marek

      Harrumph!!

  • Manju

    BLOOMBERG SHOULD RESIGN! LOOK AT THIS PHOTO HEH!

    “THE KEY BIT”! “THE KEY BIT” IS I REPEAT “THE KEY BIT” IS THAT THE POSTER IS LITERALLY BLUE AND BLUE STATES ARE LIBERAL, A FORM OF FASCISM. RED, ON THE OTHER HAND, MEANS…ERRR, NEVERMIND.

    ALSO, BLUE BALLS.

    • Bill Murray

      I got the clap and the blueballs, too
      the clap don’t hurt but the blue balls do

  • Bobbo

    OMG this poster totally makes me feel safe

    • TeaBonics, not just for TeaBaggers anymore.

  • Calming Influence

    Of the citizens striding purposely, ever forward, I’m the guy with the hat.

    • Sharon

      That’s one designer who really knows how to work some clip art!

      • Sharon

        I also love the tinted fingerprint in the background.

  • elm

    I’m gonna say this is fake. The misspelling, the drone (which I don’t think the NYPD has), the fact that it’s a pic from someone twitter’s feed. This can’t be for real.

    • Possible I suppose. The reflection though I would think hard to replicate.

      • UberMitch

        Or a fake poster some enterprising fellow actually got into the display window.

        • Paul Campos

          This seems plausible, and would make this one of the worst typos of all time.

          • Sharon

            Harrumph.

            We’re designers, not copy editors.

        • Aaron B.

          Seems like an agitprop piece from some enterprising anarchist graphic design collective all the kids seem so into these days.

      • Calming Influence

        Note the tiny cheap-ass toilet-paper-dispenser-type lock on the poster case…

      • somethingblue

        The reflection though I would think hard to replicate.

        I was the shadow of the wathching slain
        By the false azure of the window pane …

      • No- it is likely a real fake poster, as in a poster that is actually somewhere, but is not NYPD. You need to be wathching the internet more vigilantly.

    • wjts

      I’m inclined to agree. See also this, which looks similar and is (ever so slightly) more obviously a hoax.

      • Dave

        Yeah, you don’t hit ground targets with an AIM-120C.

  • Jinchi

    It looks like that Marxist style cover of Romney and Ryan that the National Review printed.

    -Same artist?

  • c u n d gulag

    We were never at war with CT.
    We’ve always been at war with NJ.

    Somewhere, AmeriKKKa’s Mayor is looking on with pure rage and jealousy in his eyes.

  • Calming Influence

    I don’t think it’s a misspelling; it’s Bloomberg trying to sound tough with a lisp.

    • Stag Party Palin

      Close. Wath Ching is the dark side of I Ching. NYPD uses it all the time to predict the doings of the EviLiberals.

      • somethingblue

        Everybody Wath Ching tonight!

  • Tosh

    Definitely political satire. Aimed directly at NYC’s Stasi.
    Maybe a graphically adept but typo challenged “Freeway Blogger”.
    Not altogether shabby.

  • Some Guy

    Is there a -large- concern that the NYPD will start slinging 500 pound bombs around NYC? Just drop ’em willy nilly? Maybe on those folex street vendors?

  • joejoejoe

    Michael Bloomberg is Raymond Burr! Reminds me a little of the opening to Ironsides.

  • ajay

    NYPD poster: probably a hoax.

    London “Secure Beneath the Watchful Eyes” poster: definitely not a hoax.

    http://www.sott.net/signs/pods/watchful_eyes.jpg

  • JL

    I’d heard that that poster (which I saw) was a parody. This picture, however, is not – it’s from the Occupy 1st anniversary protests this weekend – and you should consider featuring it in a post.

    http://steviemcfly.tumblr.com/post/31814389526

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