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Sheeple by pseudo-manitou Sheeple by pseudo-manitou
I hear so many people talk about how they support this idiot or that idiot because they come off as a 'good leader'. Get this straight American people: you don't elect leaders, you elect representatives...
You must make an effort to -lead them- to run the government as you would have them run it. You hold them accountable, you ask questions, you voice concerns. THAT is a democracy - it takes effort. Do anything less, and you will get fleeced...
(The word 'Sheeple' coined by Chuck of PE.)
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Rattusaureus Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2015
Wow. Memory lane, I completely forgot people used to use this term unironically.
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EvilSeverus Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2011
Cool Thing.
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Cyber8 Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2011
I saw this image on some random website and really like it.
I want to find the original author and immediately thought of DA.
I am glad that DA did not let me down!
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Octoboy-the-8th Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2009
The people as sheep analogy is used so often, but the tagline of, "Do anything less and you will get fleeced" is a really nice one.

And somehow, seeing humans with lobotomized sheep heads takes it one level further.
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PyrodoxLion Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2008
Thank you for stating this, in a well-conceived piece of artwork...

I rarely comment on anything, but I am a patriot, and a believer in America. It's hard to believe that the definition of the term patriot has fallen so far from grace, so to speak, that by common opinion claiming oneself a patriot of the United States of America is tantamount to preaching blind obedience to a corrupt political master.

I, personally, believe in America, the America that was envisioned by our forefathers, an America based upon freedom... And, yes, an America in which the PEOPLE are the driving political force. Not the pursuit of personal gain by the few, which hold sufficient resources to influence a majority share of public opinion through the popular media and other channels... Only to be given the tools to do so by a lack of initiative amongst the masses, an apathy in which many people are willing to give up their freedom of thought, and RESPONSIBILITY to use that freedom of thought, all in search of an "easier" path through their lives.

I believe in what America should be, and the state of masses of the public today is saddening. I'd be ecstatic if I could claim that I wholeheartedly believed that most people in the U.S. today *did* think this way... However, I can't. I truly believe that the masses of society today, the sheeple, are content with abdicating their freedom of thought as well as their right to be the true leaders of this nation... All in return for what? To no longer face the burden, the responsibility, of exercising their minds?

It is a sad state, indeed, that the sheeple support the few, the powerful, and tarnish the name of America... That by claiming one's affiliation with this nation as a matter of pride, you're claiming your desire to be a tool of the political juggernaut, and of the corruption the blind masses support, in the eyes and minds of those very same masses... Rather than claiming yourself a free human being, and believer in the freedom of other human beings.
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StephanusEmbricanus Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2008
Reallly great concept that made me smile!
Nicely worked till the last detail :)
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CodexWriter Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2008
Thank you!! SOMEONE understands the American political system! (The next person who says America's a democracy is getting BITCHSLAPPED.)
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classicEIGHT Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
That, is a fantastic point that people have all but lost sight of.
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the-faun Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2006
lovely pallet and great composition, strong use of type too :thumbsup:
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punkerbunker Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2006
Simple and effective =) The song "Needles" springs to mind
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swiftstick Featured By Owner May 26, 2006
Make this is a print! :D

I'd definitely put this on my wall.
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TreeWalking Featured By Owner May 17, 2006
Yep. Sheeple suck..

I heard the term first on Michael Savage..
Guess what you hear and what you know depends on where you spend your knights.. :)

Love the graphic! :+fav:
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blueLudebar Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2006  Student Traditional Artist
This is so great! The drawing is very awesomely stylized, the inking makes me jealous, and the concept...well, the concept just blew my mind. Faving!
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VioletWhirlwind Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2006  Hobbyist General Artist
This is so sadly true it's amusing. And well done, what with the empty heads and all.

It has been my opinion that people are very sheeplike for a long time now (especially those in this so-called "democracy" with it's so-called "president."). Nice to know I'm not the only one that sees the similarity. Now if only more of the general public would...:+fav:
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SketchKat Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2005
That is a perfect representation of what the people of the world have become ;P

:+fav: Im spreading the word :D
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chapboy Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2005
STRANGE
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Energetic-Innovation Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2005
Both a good political statement and well done. Nice job!
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zen-master-gone-bad Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2005  Professional General Artist
nice image

[link]
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West-Glen Featured By Owner May 21, 2005   Photographer
You must listen to Michael Savage. He talks about Sheeple all the time. Particularly the American Sheeple.
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TreeWalking Featured By Owner May 18, 2006
what does he know.. Michael Savage keeps it real (like it or not) :nod:
"don't let the mind numbed-robots wear you down" -Socrates (I think)
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pseudo-manitou Featured By Owner May 21, 2005  Professional General Artist
Way off the mark...
The term 'sheeple' was coined by Chuck-D of Public Enemy way before Michael Savage got air-time. Frankly, Michael Savage is such a bigoted piece of shit - I wouldn't listen to anything coming from his mouth even if it was his death rattle.
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TreeWalking Featured By Owner May 18, 2006
:hmm: Michael Savage has been around for about 15 years..

Chuck who? No. Really.. Chuck Who?
Never heard of him. What does he do? :sherlock:
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pseudo-manitou Featured By Owner May 18, 2006  Professional General Artist
Chuck-D, of Public Enemy... as in, been around for for over 20 years: [link]
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TreeWalking Featured By Owner May 18, 2006
cool :D
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AlexPav Featured By Owner May 4, 2005
Though the work here is technically great, (neat, sylised, speaks of a good graphic taste and well developed technical style) the best thing about it is the discussion that it has raised in the comments. You ought to be proud. The developed world really is in the middle of the worst apathy crisis ever, with the publice more actively involved in the election and support of manuractured pop stars than in their own political interest. Every piece of work that gets people thinking is a treasure.

-Alex
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BumwardoImortal Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2005
Funny thing about this and your note is that true democracy turns into two wolves and a sheep voting over what's for dinner, lol... Good Job:!:
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pseudo-manitou Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2005  Professional General Artist
"Democracy is two wolves and a lamb voting on what to have for lunch. Liberty is a well-armed lamb contesting the vote."

Benjamin Franklin

:)
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BumwardoImortal Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2005
(Almost sounded like th UN's relation to us, lol...)Anyways I didnt even know that whole quote, thats cool:highfive:
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shaz-bot Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2005
Awesome, great concept behind this.
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Athelind Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2004
"You don't elect leaders, you elect representatives. You must make an effort to LEAD THEM."

Wow. Damn. That says it all so perfectl -- it's the paradigm shift that's so badly needed these days.

You've said that the political art here is freely redistributable, and thank you for that. What of the political THOUGHTS? That is a quote that I would like to propagate WIDELY.
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pseudo-manitou Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2004  Professional General Artist
Go ahead. I can't have been the only one to think those thoughts. I'm probably just the first one you found.
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GoatMilk Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2004
Ever read machiavelli's 'The Prince' (which has a certain presidents name written all over it mind you-) for whatever reason it comes to mind lookign at this and its meaning...

Very nice work as always, and i love how 'mindless' they all are.
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NovemberTango Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2004
Yo, that's awesome. You should totally get a cafepress account and sell some of these on t-shirts (not to belittle your work in any way). I want a SHEEPLE t-shirt.

Awesome gallery, too.
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Pro-Choice Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2004
MMMPH *hump* i love it!
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Karbon-X Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2004
you shouldn't be so smart and observative
damn..
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kazzer-doom Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2004  Professional General Artist
this is so cool...once again, love the colours and iconism. no matter what the context, political or not, the message of the piece is still very valid.
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n0deal Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2004  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I adore the term sheeple and have heard it used quite a bit but I never knew the originator of the term. Figures it would be good old Chuck D.

Very nice work here. I like the fact that you clipped off the top of their heads to drive home the fact that there is nothing there. Add that to the fashion ad getups they are all sporting, representing our preoccupation with the trivial things that capitalist culture convinces so many of us are important and you've got a grade a piece of social commentary. "I'm lovin' it" ;)
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exquisiteoath Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2004  Student General Artist
This is a great image and represents the idea really well.

It's good to hear more people standing up for accountable government and active citizenship.
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antediluvian-deviant Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2004
top work
well said

by the way do you ever post these in the street?
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swandog Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2004  Professional Traditional Artist
SO true! It's funny (and appropriate) how their hollow heads look like ashtrays. :D (BTW, I'm Green Party.)
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katyuska Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2004
LOVE the color scheme here. Reminds me of Starksy and Hunch for own personal reasons. I really really like the balance each unique "sheep"(oxy? who knows) creates by symetrically creating a focal point towards the front. The line work is so subtle yet boom! there! I dunno if that makes any sense....I really enjoy looking at this piece and reading your insightful comment. Wonderful work as usual. ^_^
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silverwing Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2004  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wonderfully stated and wonderfully illustrated. *fav*
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Shreadrik Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2004
Ever red 'Animal Farm' ??
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Thene Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2004
You are absolutely right!
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RyokuKitsune Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2004  Hobbyist Digital Artist
fashion victums lol (i get the point really i do i'm just picking fun at it from another pov hehe) nice work ^^
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xazy Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2004  Professional Traditional Artist
I think that somewhere in the back of my mind, I knew that, but wasn't really able to conceptualize it. Thank you for the enlightenment.
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kerberos- Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2004
preach it. I'm also pretty sick of this 2 party system.. there's more than bush and kerry, if they're evil, don't vote for'em.
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mistress-samwise Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2004  Student General Artist
People forget how much control they really do have over their own lives. I guess they think it's easier to give it all up and have someone else run the show. Unfortunatley, that attitude passes on to so many greater things. And then we all get screwed.

Bah--Err... Yeah. Another excellent point! Thank you for bringing it up.
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traviswellstone Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2004
That is so true...I never realized it. I mean, I never really thought about it, is what I mean. I am not into politics, and I really don't care about where this country is going, anymore...I don't even have the right to vote, not that I would. But what you just said makes me wonder if people understand democracy...I think the people just don't care, anymore.
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TreeWalking Featured By Owner May 17, 2006
> I don't even have the right to vote, not that I would. .. wonder if people understand democracy...

Me too... :nod:
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