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In 2011 I started constructing leaflet distribution methods adapted from historic propaganda campaigns like those conducted by the CIA during The Cold War. I incorporated Walt Whitman's poem, “Are You the New Person Drawn Toward Me?” as a leaflet for its departure from the romantic nationalism that characterizes other poems in Leaves of Grass. Whitman confides to his reader, “I may not tell everybody, but I will tell you,” conveying the idea that a public exists by virtue of being addressed, as well as the impossibility of total communion through public speech.
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