These Brutally Honest Illustrations Show Exactly What Is Wrong With Modern Society
John Holcroft is an illustrator from the UK who’s satirical art has appeared in publications such as the Financial Times, The Guardian and The Economist. His work frequently focuses on issues of the economy, environment and workplace, as well are more personal issues of mental illness and the increasing personal disconnect that many people feel as technology increasingly becomes ingrained in the daily routine of just about everyone.
These images are no different. Holcroft covers a wide variety of topics across this large group of images. Recurring theme’s rapidly become apparent.
Beware the trolls.
The previous two images are extremely disturbing when considered together rather than separately.
If you’re checking your social media for likes every 5 minutes, there’s a good chance you’ve got a problem.
Clearly John doesn’t have a high opinion of social media, even suggesting it’s the “last nail in the coffin” for literature. Although we can say that without social media, a lot of us would never discover some of the literature that is out there to experience.
Even the Trump administration doesn’t escape Holcroft’s satire, despite him only actually being in power for the last 6 months.
Holcroft also provides a fairly disturbing view on environmental issues. Australia knows all too well about cutting down forest for short term financial gains.
An interesting take on how so many people work towards a single person’s happiness. Good reason not to be an asshole to customer service people.
Shit rolls down hill. And if you’re at the bottom things can get pretty shitty.
An eerie commentary on how ‘excess workers’ are treated in today’s society. Anyone who’s ever had to deal with Centrelink between jobs will know how dehumanising and wasteful the whole process is.
He doesn’t fail to put a critical eye to the workforce either, including the barriers women face in the workplace.
A take on the old “You Are What You Eat” saying.
A fairly accurate assessment on the type of celebrity that gets pumped out these days.
Possibly a take on how fragile financial markets are? It really doesn’t take much to bring it all crashing down. A ‘market correction’ is all it might take to bring down the entire economy.
Perhaps a comment on how people will feed their kids absolute crap just to keep them happy?
Even Britain’s exit from the European Union got the Holcroft treatment.
I don’t really know if this is really meant to be a criticism. Being able to use your phone for so many different functions seems more like a convenience to me. Although I’m sure those keychain flashlight makers hate them.
Is Holcroft critical of the commercialisation of UK’s national monuments? This piece strongly indicates yes.
This, of course, is just a fraction of his total works. You can find more at www.johnholcroft.com
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