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Tommy the Russkie Tank-tank

[ by Charles Cameron — A Russian tanker-toy saga ]
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Another contribution to the maxcro / micro, war / games displays in my mental cabinet of wonders:

I’m sorry, this was about the only screen-grab I could manage that showed both the toy tank and its war-fighting seniors. In the children’s story, the toy tank gets left at the tank museum overnight, and is shocked and awed by the realities of which it is but a simulacrum — the OT 76, T 72, and most particularly the T-14 Armata super-tank.

The equation war : war games :: T-14 : toy tank eiher understates the significnce of the T-14 or exaggerates that of the toy — but equations between simulacrum and reality lie at the heart of such philosophical excursions as Baudrillard‘s Simulacra and Simulations, with its phony epigraph, a simulacrum of a quote from Ecclesiastes:

The simulacrum is never that which conceals the truth—it is the truth which conceals that there is none.

In the case of this children’s book, we can postulate another equation: Russia : propaganda :: factory : advertising.

But see for yourself, some of the details are hilarious:

One Response to “Tommy the Russkie Tank-tank”

  1. Charles Cameron Says:

    Still on the subject of simulacra:
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    This Site Sells Replica ISIS Suicide Vests and Pressure Cooker Bombs
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    This beauty comes via the admirable Justin Seitz:


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    These vests and other accoutrements, please note, are for emergency response and CT training purposes.
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    Nor can they hope to match the charms of Suicide Vest Barbie, as displayed on the cover of the UK paperback edition of Mia Bloom’s book, Bombshell: The Many Faces of Women Terrorists:
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