Thursday 27 April 2017

Jason O’Sullivan: Despite the rise of social media, election poster is still a pole topper for parties

A worker erects a poster of Fianna Fail Leader Michael Martin under that of Taoiseach Enda Kenny on Molesworth Street ,Dublin. Photo: Maxpix/Julien Behal
A worker erects a poster of Fianna Fail Leader Michael Martin under that of Taoiseach Enda Kenny on Molesworth Street ,Dublin. Photo: Maxpix/Julien Behal

Jason O’Sullivan

The election will yet again feature all of the usual factors which both intrigue and annoy in equal measure. Door-to-door canvassing, party manifestos, unrealistic party promises, policy U-turns, media campaigns and, of course, election posters.

The last is a major facet of election campaigns, omnipresent and visually unavoidable due to its visceral impact, regardless of one's interest in an election.

The election poster can be a divisive object from which there seems no escape, no matter where one lives in the country. Some view them as a tactical necessity, which adds both atmosphere and information in equal measure, while others view such items as a blight on our landscape.

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