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15 Illustrations Portraying The Sad Reality Of The Modern World

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Italian freelance illustrator Marco Melgrati works remotely for several magazines from his current location – Mexico City. He uses digital tools as well as traditional drawing methods.

Melgrati is always able to come up with clever satirical illustrations of our everyday lives, pointing out the things that are just wrong about modern society.

Some of these works have been published in different magazines while others were created for his personal pleasure.
Enjoy these 15 works of art that are painfully accurate and relatable.

1. Politics is basically a game of shadows

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This clever picture shows the true face of many politicians. While they are very good at promising, they are equally bad at delivering later. It seems that most people use the power given to them for personal gains.

2. Modern princesses prefer a different type of magic carpet

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It’s sad, but it’s true; a lot of modern women want mainly material things. They don’t settle for a nice or a good-looking guy; he must have enough money to become really desirable. Love is more or less left behind.

3. Social media creates the illusion of a beautiful life

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The real life of most smiling, rich and successful people that we see daily on social media is usually not the same. Many people live in a way that enables them to show off in their accounts on different online platforms instead of trying to live the real life.

4. What seems like a fairytale could be actually harassment

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Some couples look like the perfect fit and their relations seem totally fine, but things change behind closed doors; both mental and physical harassment are a common thing and also a problem that needs to be addressed by everyone.

5. Women want more and more likes

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It’s beginning to look like a race, but the problem is bigger than that. Women reveal a lot to complete strangers in their social media profiles, and they get really frustrated if they don’t have enough likes of their photos.

6. Confessions about your private life on social media is a bad idea

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A lot of people tend to feel that it’s okay to share personal issues or other information online. Social media is not a safe place to reveal intimate details about something.

7. People’s ego grows bigger in time

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You might have already noticed this, but all the attention created by the presence on different social media platforms inflates many people’s ego. It is a big problem because most individuals are not aware of their changed behavior because of the bigger ego.

8. This is a sensitive topic at the moment

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The artist was able to nail one of the most important topics recently – the gun control issue. It seems that guns are something normal for the majority of people, but this needs to change.

9. The clever hashtag net

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Melgrati was able to create a net from hashtags, representing the endless fishing for likes that many people are addicted to. There is hardly a post without at least one hashtag in it.

10. The Zoo madness

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This is a clever metaphor for the mindset of human kind. We like to put other species on display in zoos, because we consider ourselves to be the dominant species, but if aliens come one day and they turn out to be superior, this is what might happen to us.

11. It seems that someone is running the show

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Sometimes it seems that a small group of people run everything in the world, and the rest of us are merely puppets. Instead of fighting and creating conflicts, we must always turn to the source.

12. Technology is addictive

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The busy modern life means less social contacts. This is a huge problem, because relationships are becoming different than they used to be, because nothing could replace the real contact between people.

13. Today’s kids want to grow up fast

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Internet and all the other technology, as well as some cultural changes result in kids wanting to be grown-ups sooner than the right time for that. This is a huge social problem that people start realizing.

14. Everyone has a weak spot and people take advantage

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Even the strongest person has a weak spot, and most of the times it’s the heart. If this is revealed, it is likely that at some point someone would take advantage of this.

15. This is probably a metaphor

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Occasions when someone unknown is welcomed in such a way in the neighborhood seem to be rare, which is sad. People need to be more welcoming, but there are a number of reasons why this is changing.

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