The image depicted in this meme was spotted in Newtown, Sydney on a Sunday night in March. The poster is a remix of the Obama ‘hope poster’, which was displayed during the 2008 US presidential campaign to promote then presidential candidate, Barrack Obama. This poster depicts current Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott, with text below reading “hopeless”.
This meme provides an example of ‘The medium is the message’ theory. The person responsible for this poster has chosen to use a public waste bin as a medium for which to promote a message of distaste about the political climate in Australia. The message implies that the government is “hopeless”, however the medium (the bin) indicates that we live in a society, which is governed productively enough that services such as bins and waste disposal are provided and maintained for use by the public.
The caption “My tax money paid for that bin” highlights the fact that the protester has used a medium provided by the government to promote the idea of “hopelessness” within the current government.
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