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The New Yorker Romney/Ricky car roof cover - why it matters right now:
Of course, the cover is damning for two meta-reasons. 1) it cements “pooch on the roof” as a central flaw in the Romney persona. 2) It mocks all those ads showing Romney behind the wheel and claiming some kind of connection with Detroit, the auto industry and, especially, America’s working class.
Why it’s deadly RIGHT THIS MINUTE however is because of “the new Romney” being rolled out this morning with the hopes of pitching a more warm and fuzzy Mitt. Talk about a hit-and-run through that intersection!
(illustration: Bob Staake caption)
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Although I find it extraordinarily clever (see caption, and especially the title of the statue), I’m sure many will see this as the once-proud Empire calling it a day.
via: Charlotte Observer
(photo: Lefteris Pitarakis/AP caption: The newly-unveiled sculpture by artist duo Michael Elmgreen, of Denmark, and Ingar Dragset, of Norway, is seen on the Fourth Plinth in central London’s Trafalgar Square, Thursday, Feb. 23, 2012. The 4.1m high golden sculpture of a young boy riding a rocking horse is entitled: ‘Powerless Structures, Fig. 101’. The plinth was originally built to house a bronze equestrian statue of William IV that was never installed. The project is commissioned by the Mayor of London as part of the rolling programme of contemporary art commissions for the empty Fourth Plinth.)
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Photographer M. Scott Brauer is on the ground in New Hampshire for BagNews. We will be posting his images through the primary.
There have been a number of Occupy campaign protests in New Hampshire, but none that have captured much media attention (highlighting the question of Occupy’s impact now that we’ve crossed into ‘12). Still, this poster caught our eye. Besides packaging both parties into “all of the same,” the OR (no question mark) is a bold invitation to seek alternatives.
PHOTOGRAPH © M. Scott Brauer
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 …Although the LAT art critic thinks Shepard Fairey, who TIME ended up going with, has gone out of date, too.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)
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.
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)
Bag’s Take-Away:Except he is. So how much rejection can you take before the damage is permanent? Romney might want to talk to concussion experts.
Bag’s Take-Away:Here come the OWS covers. NY Mag’s “Sucks To Be Us” cover features demoralized youth, the hyper-modern motif of the human billboard/protest sign and the play on Arab Spring with the dual Stars-and-Stripes and keffiyeh neck accessories. The twist is that the uprising means there might actually be some hope for the shoe-gazing “post-hope” generation.
Bag’s Take-Away:Graffiti rockstar adds symbolic firepower — and signs of warning for Obama — at #OccupyLA. But then, was the spray paint wasted? Perhaps the Administration, having done the math, has already decided they can still win if the left stays home.
(photo: Lucy Nicholson/Reuters caption: A U.S. flag pieced together with graffiti signs designed by street artist Saber is displayed at the Occupy LA protest camp in Los Angeles, California October 9, 2011. The Occupy Wall Street movement that began in New York last month with a few people has expanded to protests across the country with marches and camps taking shape from Tampa, Florida to Portland, Oregon, and Los Angeles to Philadelphia. Protesters’ messages range from anti-corporate sentiments to frustration with the financial system and politicians.
“Uber-Power and Ego” Pictures of the Week, #2 - Getting Rangled.
(There are better photos of Charlie, the censured Congressman, gloating over his official portrait, but none that capture Pelosi having to sit there and own it.)
(photo: J. Scott Applewhite/AP caption: Rep. Charlie Rangel, D-NY, thanks friends, family and Congressional colleagues as his official portrait is unveiled during a ceremony in the Ways and Means Committee Room on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Sept. 22, 2011. Rangel’s fellow Democrats, House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer of Maryland and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif. , sit at right.)