on realism

I think…

Check out these posters. Perhaps more realistic than most of those ‘success’ posters you see around…

more: here, here, and here

There are more, but you will have to while away the time yourself.

The web-site is a satirical look at the self-assured corporate culture of today’s world. This is from a page where you can design your own poster:

For over two decades, the multi-billion dollar motivation industry has unleashed untold suffering upon the workplaces, schools and civil institutions of the world- in the insidious form of the motivational poster. By the millions they have been sold and displayed- these dark instruments of corporate propaganda. While promising to stimulate “Hope”, “Success” and “Teamwork”, instead these tools of coercion and intimidation have inspired only grief, anger and nausea.

In 1998, one company dared to fight back, as Despair, Inc. introduced Demotivators®, satirical products reverse-engineered from the most powerful motivational posters ever inflicted upon mankind. And now, with the Parody Motivator Generator, we place those very same tools in YOUR less-capable hands.

And here is an article from an on-line magazine that explains what it is all about.

I am sure there is an Ecclesiastes sort of lesson in all of this somewhere.

Don Johnson
Jer 33.3


  1. Chris Anderson says:

    That is the most I’ve laughed for a while, Don. Thanks for that.

  2. Don Johnson says:

    Funny, you know…

    I sort of thought of you when I was posting that! Maybe it was that last picture you put up over at your place.

    Don Johnson
    Jer 33.3

  3. duncan johnson says:

    The weirdest thing about this idea is that they seem to only be contributing to the problem they’ve so lucidly identified with their “Radical Demotivation” program ;)

  4. Don Johnson says:

    Hi buddy,

    That’s true, but if you’re going to insist on being realistic, we aren’t going to let you watch anymore!!

    I do think that the site illustrates the hopelessness of man without God.

    Don Johnson
    Jer 33.3