Another Great Blog.
What makes the Ray Fawkes mask special is that Alan Moore had the foresight to see how London needed change. People forget that London did not have the CCTV when V was first published, now look at London, how many of the Five senses do their government uses? Another interesting thing about the mask, it might be the first Viral political meme in history, sure other ideas such as communist red could be seen as symbols, but the mask is symbolic because it unifies the people. I don't know if you read V for Vendetta, if you haven't please do so soon to truly see the viral effect of the mask. V is first presented as a man, but in reality, he is not a man, he is a symbol, a walking idea, a walking virus. I am glad the mask still inspires chaos and anarchy, because that is what it was meant for. The Mask of V (the Ray Fawkes mask) might even be the first real hypersigil. Morrison's Invisibles is credited as the first hypersigil, but V was first and the mask has magickial effect and its precise design still resonates today more then ever.
Another reason the mask is so special because it embodies knowledge. Knowledge is power and we all now know the meaning of the mask. Knowledge is something governments want to control or limit the people to know, because the docile and the weak-spirit make better slaves. Slaves never went away, the definitions changed and the methods of slavery vary.
The flaw to the mask, it is like a Che shirt. Most people don't realize that the symbol represents one thing, but the industry producing it represents another. This is where the slavery comes. Someone will "buy" a Che shirt not realizing he fought against captialism. The mask is "sold" because of "merchandise" and we consumers don't realize that buying product is part of the "touch" sense, we are allowing "them" to touch us. The best "Raw Fawkes" masks I've seen were made.
Great blog, my fave of your thus far.