Hidden messages everywhere

The “” on public relations encourages recognition of underlying themes and meanings in communications  – which alongside a “critical perspective” is intended to help practitioners consider being open and ethical (although one could use the approach to be subversive and unethical).  Such analysis can become a little obsessive as you begin to see hidden messages everywhere – so I enjoyed Zoe Williams’ attempt to decode the political messages in and 10 other cartoons in the Guardian.  

I love the analysis of ; clearly we are supposed to take an anti-fur and anti-smoking message from Cruella de Vil – but when you have such a magnificent “baddy” (especially as played by ), I prefer to see the sheer glamour and power of being a woman in control. 

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Heather Yaxley PhD

Dr. Heather Yaxley is passionate about sustainable careers, reflective practice and professional development. I am a rhizomatic educator, practitioner, consultant, academic and scholar. As a qualified academic, I teach the CIPR professional qualifications with PR Academy and have experience teaching at various Universities. I run the Motor Industry Public Affairs Association (MIPAA) and my own strategic consultancy. I was awarded by PhD researching Career Strategies in Public Relations by Bournemouth University in 2017. I'm a published author, with books, chapters and academic papers to my name.