This post is an updated version of one originally published in 2010.
Skipping through a set of images of North Korea by photographers David Guttenfelder and Vincent Yu, I was reminded that the city is almost entirely devoid of advertising. There is political propaganda everywhere, of course, but there is an overwhelming absence of the marketing for products characteristic of capitalist societies. All of the print and electronic media is under state control, and the state administers and controls the economy as well. Accordingly… there is almost no advertising. The images in the slide show give us a peak into this world without ads:
Images from a 2010 LIFE slide show after the jump:
Lisa Wade is a professor of sociology at Occidental College. You can follow her on Twitter and Facebook.