They say a picture is worth a thousand words, and while the notion may be cliché at this point, it remains a universal truth, particularly in our current age of short attention spans and snack-sized wisdom. We want to know more, but we want it quicker, shorter, easier.

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And so I could spend days writing about the ills of modern society – how disconnected we’ve become through technology, how consumed we are by material wealth, how sick and miserable our lifestyles have made us (just to name a few) – and hope that people take the time to read it. Some might, some might not. But the people who do may very well be the ones who are already informed, who already invest their energy into learning about what’s going on in the world.

Or I could simply let these images speak for themselves. I don’t need to preach to the choir (since you lovely CE readers comprise some of the very engaged and informed public to whom I referred).

These were created by Steve Cutts, an illustrator and animator working in London, and shared by Arch20 Magazine. And just to warn you, these are not for the faint of heart.

(Titles not provided – these are simply my own interpretations.)

The Consumerist Cycle

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The Rat Race

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The Money Trap




The New Food Pyramid




Do you interpret these images differently? Do you agree with his vision of modern society? Share with us in the comments section below.

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