David Atherton, who is a British Libertarian Free Speech advocate and writer for Breitbart, posted a Tweet contrasting images of London’s Piccadilly Circus from 1965 to today. Atherton was making a political statement by linking the aesthetic decline to the political slogan “Refugees Welcome,” on the LED screen. The outrage from the right on Twitter was more focused on politics rather than aesthetics, but aesthetics and politics are inherently interlinked. There is a case that the message and aesthetics are both demoralizing but the aesthetics matter here as much as the political slogan. Getting worked up over the “Refugees Welcome” slogan is petty compared to the aesthetic decline. Political messages that use visual aesthetics rather than ideological arguments are more effective.
Fantastic post Robert, I hope it gets more attention. Good heavens we live in such an ugly world now.
A peer I respect shared this article and I've tried to read this but had to stop.
You have 36 external links, not counting your 'source' links, in this essay.
Do you want readers to read your essay or read these 36 external pages?
Is understanding anything in this essay contingent on reading any of those 36 links? If not, why include them directly in the text in this way.
I mean this in the most constructive way possible but stop doing this. This is an aesthetically a terrible experience when trying to read and consume the ideas in your essay. You are risking the loss of the reader to distraction of clicking and being taken away.
If you feel these links are important just footnote them and source link at the end.