SOS

Title

SOS

Description

This cartoon is the brilliant takes on how emergency situations are handled by bureaucratic organizations. Here, the only responses of the bureaucrat to a person in distress are either the literal use of the instruction manual as a rescue device or the conversion of the SOS signals into paragraphs of instructions and regulations. This is what Merton would call “trained incapacity.”

Creator

Rozantsev, V.

Date

1970s

Source

Rutgers

Relation

Rights

Source: Holzer, M., Illiash, I., Gabrielian, V., & Kuznestsova, L. (2010). Red Tape from Red Square:Bureaucratic Commentary in Soviet Graphic Satirical Art. Poughkeepsie, NY: NetPublications

Publisher

Rutgers

Contributor

Rutgers

Format

Medium: Poster

Language

Russian

Type

Artwork

Identifier

Art, Satire, Cartoons, Bureaucracy, SOS, Trained Incapacity, Emergency

Coverage

Russia

Files

sos.jpg

Reference

Rozantsev, V., SOS, Rutgers, 1970s

Cite As

Rozantsev, V., “SOS,” Virtual Museum of Public Service, accessed August 20, 2022, https://vmps.omeka.net/items/show/479.