1950-1976: NAKED ANIMALS AND SWISS SPAGHETTI TREES
As World War II ended, the world achieved a kind of stability. But it was a stability organized around huge superpowers and giant corporations. As a result a kind of paranoia crept into public discourse, expressed in talk of conspiracy theories, secret government programs, and visitors from outer space. The flip side of this paranoia was defiance. As the conservatism of the 1950s gave way to the radicalism of the 1960s, hoaxing and tricksterism became popular as ways to defy the relentless march of corporate, bureaucratic control.