Tuesday, June 19, 2012

The Story of Keep Calm and Carry On

One of the best things about the Internet is that following links can lead to all sorts of interesting things. Of course, one of the worst things about the Internet is also that following links can lead to all sorts of interesting things because in doing so one can literally lose hours.

This evening, while looking for something else, I followed some links and before you know it, I was at the video above. It tells the story of the “Keep Calm and Carry On” poster, and how it entered pop culture. When I saw the title, it was one of those times I thought to myself, “yeah, where did that come from?” This short film also touches on an answer as to why it’s become such a popular culture phenomenon. However, it doesn’t answer why it happened so suddenly, roughly a decade after re-appearing.

Still, it was an interesting stop on that road leading to other interesting things.


Roger Owen Green said...

And there's an app for that!

I don't recall ever hearing that phrase in my life.

Arthur Schenck said...

There's an app for everything!

I never heard the phrase, either, so when it first started showing up, I just assumed it was a made up thing, designed to look like a British WW2 propaganda poster—though I couldn't figure out what product it was promoting. Still, I also realised that just because I'd never heard of it didn't mean it wasn't a real thing. The problem is, these days it's hard to tell which is which—real or faked.