Sep 11, 2011

Drug War - Collateral Damage: Que Malo, Narcos! Mexico Attacks Cartels With Comics

The comics series is intended to counter the impact of narcocorridos--popular country songs that celebrate the exploits of drug lords while promoting a luxurious drug-fueled lifestyle. "The besieged Mexican government has a new tool in the info war against drug cartels: animated, online propaganda comics set to electronic beats.

The 10-episode comic series, posted over the summer in two- to three-minute episodes to the blog of President Felipe Calderon, is the latest weapon in a “cultural struggle” against drug cartels. The comics are said to be “a new space for communication” that will “help us better understand the phenomenon of organized crime,” said federal security spokesman Alejandro Poire. That is, government propaganda with a pop art twist."

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