Tuesday, May 5, 2009

LEGO depictions of torture

The power of playing with LEGO bricks comes from our childhood associations. Many of us have positive memories of playing with a tub of bricks and building spaceships, houses, or some vague animal hybrid.

And that's why the latest use of LEGO bricks to make a political statement, about the torture practices of the United States, is so disturbing. It as unsettling as when LEGO bricks were used as commentary on the Holocaust.

When toys are used to raise awareness of adult issues, it is an image that is hard to escape.

Thanks to John for the tip.

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