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Tommy the Russkie Tank-tank

[ by Charles Cameron — A Russian tanker-toy saga ]

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:
    This Site Sells Replica ISIS Suicide Vests and Pressure Cooker Bombs
    This beauty comes via the admirable Justin Seitz:

    These vests and other accoutrements, please note, are for emergency response and CT training purposes.
    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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