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

Heather Yaxley is passionate about PR - teaching the CIPR qualifications, lecturing part-time at Bournemouth University and running the Motor Industry Public Affairs Association (MIPAA). I'm undertaking a PhD looking at Career Strategies in PR. I love sharing ideas and knowledge - connecting news and views by blogging on public relations and educational developments, especially relating to accelerated and active learning. I'm also a published author, qualified trainer and experienced consultant.