“They Live”: Cinema as Counter-Propaganda

There’s a category of art which has yet to be given a name, so for now I will call it “doomsayer art.” Doomsayer art is satirical criticism of contemporary society with a tendency for dystopian and apocalyptic imagery and a cynical, paranoid attitude. If you’ve ever seen a cartoonist’s drawing on Facebook of sheeplike masses staring into their cellphones in the middle of a barren wasteland while a conveyor belt pushes them off a cliff and into a graveyard, then you’re familiar with doomsayer art. This kind of art is usually bad.