Bag’s Take-Away:

I have to think the Romney Camp is ecstatic with TIME’s Convention cover photo. It’s not just the least robotic and tight pic I’ve seen, but probably the most personable photo the man has ever taken. If you don’t see fans on the campaign trail waving it around, I’ll be surprised. 

(photo:  PETER HAPAK FOR TIME.)

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I have to think the Romney Camp is ecstatic with TIME’s Convention cover photo. It’s not just the least robotic and tight pic I’ve seen, but probably the most personable photo the man has ever taken. If you don’t see fans on the campaign trail waving it around, I’ll be surprised.

(photo: PETER HAPAK FOR TIME.)

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In Asia, we guess patronizing the insanity over an Asian basketball player takes precedence over the patronizing/lampooning of an Asian leader.
 
Second thought: if a phrase would have been objectionable for the Asian markets, it’s probably got the same effect elsewhere.
 
Third thought: Both easy lay-ups.

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In Asia, we guess patronizing the insanity over an Asian basketball player takes precedence over the patronizing/lampooning of an Asian leader.

Second thought: if a phrase would have been objectionable for the Asian markets, it’s probably got the same effect elsewhere.

Third thought: Both easy lay-ups.

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Bag’s Take-Away:

As if Ron Paul was TIME’s domestic cover editor. 

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As if Ron Paul was TIME’s domestic cover editor.

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Bag’s Take-Away:

So much for soccer in the domestic market

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So much for soccer in the domestic market

(h/t: Steve)

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Bag’s Take-Away:
The “Person of the Year” cover TIME rejected.  I love the illustration, but it’s so “1968” too U.S.-centric and mobile phone-driven revolutions are more about faces and pictures.  …Although the LAT art critic thinks Shepard Fairey, who TIME ended up going with, has gone out of date, too. 
(illustration: James Victore)
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The “Person of the Year” cover TIME rejected.  I love the illustration, but it’s so “1968” too U.S.-centric and mobile phone-driven revolutions are more about faces and pictures.  …Although the LAT art critic thinks Shepard Fairey, who TIME ended up going with, has gone out of date, too.

(illustration: James Victore)

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Bag’s Take-Away:

Looks like TIME editors saying Americans can’t handle idea an Italian rescued an American car maker.

(photo: GREG RUFFING / REUX FOR TIME)

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Bag’s Take-Away:
What makes the TIME “Person of the Year” cover as good as it is?
1. It’s a woman! —  because the protests have also been phenomenal on gender terms … and speaking truth to testosterone.
2. …And, how often has a woman even been TIME’s “Person of the Year?” (Or, “Man of the Year,” till ‘99. More below.)
3. She’s threatening but she’s not. (Eyes vs. mask. Left eye vs. right eye.)
4. It’s truly international. If she pulls for Middle Eastern, the background skews heavily domestic. But then, we’re a melting pot, right?
5. TIME gets to do the “You” choice again, but this time — nothing like some hard times to put a dent in the narcissism — it’s all about “us.”
6. The design, especially the graphical inlay in the kerchief, riffs off TIME’s Shepard Fairey’s Obama HOPE 2008 Person of the Year cover. The take-away: Obama has lost the spark and the message to the kids and the street.
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Update: A few people have asked how I know it’s a woman. I also think part of the cleverness of the cover is that the figure might be a male. One reason is that the illustration skews so strongly female, including the two figures inset in the kerchief (forehead and bottom, center) and the figure top right just off the hat. The most definitive graphic signifier, however, are the eyelashes.
Note on TIME’s “women of the year”: If I’ve got my math right, I count only 3 identifiable “women of the year” out of the 84 selections, the last being Corazon Aquino in ‘86. Of course, this year’s cover is “generic,” similar to how women, more lately, have been included as part of a group, if in an more token way (including “Bill Gates’ wife” as 3rd wheel in ‘05, or the woman soldier in ‘03. Otherwise, “women of the year” have been given the nod as part of their own group — see “The Whistleblowers” in ‘02 or “Women of the Year” in ‘75. This link has the collection in one tidy place. (illustration credit: Shepard Fairey)
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What makes the TIME “Person of the Year” cover as good as it is?

1. It’s a woman! — because the protests have also been phenomenal on gender terms … and speaking truth to testosterone.

2. …And, how often has a woman even been TIME’s “Person of the Year?” (Or, “Man of the Year,” till ‘99. More below.)

3. She’s threatening but she’s not. (Eyes vs. mask. Left eye vs. right eye.)

4. It’s truly international. If she pulls for Middle Eastern, the background skews heavily domestic. But then, we’re a melting pot, right?

5. TIME gets to do the “You” choice again, but this time — nothing like some hard times to put a dent in the narcissism — it’s all about “us.”

6. The design, especially the graphical inlay in the kerchief, riffs off TIME’s Shepard Fairey’s Obama HOPE 2008 Person of the Year cover. The take-away: Obama has lost the spark and the message to the kids and the street.

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Update: A few people have asked how I know it’s a woman. I also think part of the cleverness of the cover is that the figure might be a male. One reason is that the illustration skews so strongly female, including the two figures inset in the kerchief (forehead and bottom, center) and the figure top right just off the hat. The most definitive graphic signifier, however, are the eyelashes.

Note on TIME’s “women of the year”: If I’ve got my math right, I count only 3 identifiable “women of the year” out of the 84 selections, the last being Corazon Aquino in ‘86. Of course, this year’s cover is “generic,” similar to how women, more lately, have been included as part of a group, if in an more token way (including “Bill Gates’ wife” as 3rd wheel in ‘05, or the woman soldier in ‘03. Otherwise, “women of the year” have been given the nod as part of their own group — see “The Whistleblowers” in ‘02 or “Women of the Year” in ‘75. This link has the collection in one tidy place. (illustration credit: Shepard Fairey)

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Bag’s Take-Away:

1. America’s had as much anxiety as it can handle, thank you very much?

2. U.S. exceeds its protest quota. Media “Occupied out”?

3. GOP Isolationism is catching?

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Bag’s Take-Away:

1. America’s had as much anxiety as it can handle, thank you very much?

2. U.S. exceeds its protest quota. Media “Occupied out”?

3. GOP Isolationism is catching?

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Bag’s Take-Away:

TIME covers this week: Tin Tin 3, China 1, Gaddafi 0, Gilad Shalit 0, Iraq Pullout 0, Occupy Wall Street 0. Obama/Team GOP 0.  

…What, is it Summer?   …Hey, I love Tin Tin! 

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TIME covers this week: Tin Tin 3, China 1, Gaddafi 0, Gilad Shalit 0, Iraq Pullout 0, Occupy Wall Street 0. Obama/Team GOP 0.

…What, is it Summer? …Hey, I love Tin Tin!

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Bag’s Take-Away:

Your news quiz of the day. What’s the different between these four editions of the new TIME cover featuring Platon’s portrait of Rick Perry? … See answer below the boilerplate.


(photo: Platon for TIME)
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Right, the U.S. edition omits the sub-head: “Can the governor of Texas become the next U.S. President?”  Of course, some would argue the text is necessary  to help overseas readers answer the question: “Who’s this Rick Perry guy?” In comparision, the American media — driven home by the Platon-treatment — has already convinced itself of the first answer.

Bag’s Take-Away:

Your news quiz of the day. What’s the different between these four editions of the new TIME cover featuring Platon’s portrait of Rick Perry? … See answer below the boilerplate.

(photo: Platon for TIME)

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Right, the U.S. edition omits the sub-head: “Can the governor of Texas become the next U.S. President?” Of course, some would argue the text is necessary to help overseas readers answer the question: “Who’s this Rick Perry guy?” In comparision, the American media — driven home by the Platon-treatment — has already convinced itself of the first answer.

Tags #Rick Perry    #Platon    #TIME    #TIME cover    #politics    #political celebrity    #media    #news    #photojournalism