Although these two articles do not appear to be directly related to each other, they both possess some of the same underlying themes. One of the biggest reasons and the reason I chose to compare these two articles is the use of stereotypes and suggestions to touch on current issues. During the Cold War period, propaganda was obviously a 'clear' representation of this. The whole point of creating propaganda was to get certain messages across by making them appear common with an underlying theme that addresses an issue. Benton's piece, however, is much more subtle with its intentions. It may not be considered propaganda but the use of stereotypes to convey his message reads as though he really is trying to say something. Because his piece is more seen as a work of art it is not necessarily seen as propaganda. I find it interesting how frequently stereotypes were used in art years ago whereas they are not as popular now.
The 'rules' of art seemed much stricter back then. Today, people mix and mash the use of complete stereotypes and things that may not even make sense to make their point. Back in the day, it seemed like everything was more straight-forward. Finding similarities between this article and a classmate's post was challenging but I noticed how interesting this observation was while I was looking through Izumi's website. Despite propaganda being different all over the world, these themes such as stereotypes and idealization show up frequently.