Bag’s Take-Away:

Talk about geo-political history, mass murder and web marketing which pulls at the heartstrings. Paired with WAPO’s Joseph Kony slideshow, I encountered this ad for a “Band of Brothers” tour package hitting the emotional touchstones of the Great War for those of all religious and cultural backgrounds. The ad is a classic, isn’t it, for the way it plays on guilt and remembrance? 

Here’s a snip of the ad copy:

Return to 1944 as the Allies prepare for the invasion of Europe on our Beyond Band of Brothers tours. These all-inclusive historical tours visit iconic sites such as the beaches of Normandy, the Ardennes forest and Hitler’s Eagle’s Nest. Or join our Holocaust and Central Europe tour for a challenging yet rewarding experience. The end of the 11-day Beyond Band of Brothers tour overlaps seamlessly with the beginning of the Holocaust and Central Europe tour, a unique, 19-day trip that is the ultimate World War II tour.

To really seal the deal, though, how about a stop through Uganda first?



(photo: Jahi Chikwendiu / THE WASHINGTON POST caption: Sept. 15, 2004: Children gather at the children’s shelter called Noah’s Ark in the northern Uganda town of Gulu. Every night, more than 25,000 children leave their villages or camps throughout the district and walk to Gulu to escape being killed or abducted by Joseph Kony’s Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA), which is waging war against the Ugandan government.)

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Bag’s Take-Away:

Talk about geo-political history, mass murder and web marketing which pulls at the heartstrings. Paired with WAPO’s Joseph Kony slideshow, I encountered this ad for a “Band of Brothers” tour package hitting the emotional touchstones of the Great War for those of all religious and cultural backgrounds. The ad is a classic, isn’t it, for the way it plays on guilt and remembrance?

Here’s a snip of the ad copy:

Return to 1944 as the Allies prepare for the invasion of Europe on our Beyond Band of Brothers tours. These all-inclusive historical tours visit iconic sites such as the beaches of Normandy, the Ardennes forest and Hitler’s Eagle’s Nest. Or join our Holocaust and Central Europe tour for a challenging yet rewarding experience. The end of the 11-day Beyond Band of Brothers tour overlaps seamlessly with the beginning of the Holocaust and Central Europe tour, a unique, 19-day trip that is the ultimate World War II tour.

To really seal the deal, though, how about a stop through Uganda first?

(photo: Jahi Chikwendiu / THE WASHINGTON POST caption: Sept. 15, 2004: Children gather at the children’s shelter called Noah’s Ark in the northern Uganda town of Gulu. Every night, more than 25,000 children leave their villages or camps throughout the district and walk to Gulu to escape being killed or abducted by Joseph Kony’s Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA), which is waging war against the Ugandan government.)

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Bag’s Take-Away:

Sadism is funny. And combine it with “cute,” it’s a killer.

via: Coverjunkie

(artwork: Bigshot Toyworks)

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Bag’s Take-Away:

Sadism is funny. And combine it with “cute,” it’s a killer.

via: Coverjunkie

(artwork: Bigshot Toyworks)

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Bag’s Take-Away:

Is media still covering Occupy or (always looking for click bait) are they just clowning around?

via: Reuters Editor’s Choice slideshow

(photo: Lucas Jackson/Reuters caption: New York Police Department officers arrest a member of the Occupy Wall St movement during a “national day of action” demonstration by the movement in New York February 29, 2012. )

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Bag’s Take-Away:

Is media still covering Occupy or (always looking for click bait) are they just clowning around?

via: Reuters Editor’s Choice slideshow

(photo: Lucas Jackson/Reuters caption: New York Police Department officers arrest a member of the Occupy Wall St movement during a “national day of action” demonstration by the movement in New York February 29, 2012. )

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Bag’s Take-Away:

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.

via: TIME
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Bag’s Take-Away:

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.

via: TIME

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Bag’s Take-Away:

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

via:TIME

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Bag’s Take-Away:

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

via:TIME

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Bag’s Take-Away:
Tease? Threat? Frustration showing? Adbusters, the catalyst behind (non-violent) Occupy movement, upholds its reputation for provocative design with a “black bloc”/ violent anarchist-inspired UK edition cover. 
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Bag’s Take-Away:

Tease? Threat? Frustration showing? Adbusters, the catalyst behind (non-violent) Occupy movement, upholds its reputation for provocative design with a “black bloc”/ violent anarchist-inspired UK edition cover. 

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Tags #Adbusters    #Occupy    #OWS    #Adbusters UK    #protest    #activism    #media    #politics   

Bag’s Take-Away:

New ESPN cover cites sexual abuse as the sports “story of 2011.” But also note the  NIKE’s behind the chicken wire when everything else about the kid is generic, and virginal. The brand ID can be seen to implicate the huge role of $$$ in college sports. Remember the tell-tale line about abuse? It’s not about sex, it’s about power.

Via Coverjunkie


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Bag’s Take-Away:

New ESPN cover cites sexual abuse as the sports “story of 2011.” But also note the NIKE’s behind the chicken wire when everything else about the kid is generic, and virginal. The brand ID can be seen to implicate the huge role of $$$ in college sports. Remember the tell-tale line about abuse? It’s not about sex, it’s about power. Via Coverjunkie

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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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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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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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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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Tags #politics    #art    #illustration    #political art    #media    #politics    #Occupy    #OWS    #TIME    #TIME cover    #TIME Person of the Year    #gender    #women    #Arab Spring    #Shepard Fairey