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I guess it wasn’t an option for the NYT to simply ignore a new book of economic proposals, these essays brought forth by one George W. Bush. (He’s purported to have also written the introduction.) Given the photo they chose to accompany the article, however, seems we’re just looking at more backlash.
(credit: LM Otero/Associated Press caption: Former President George W. Bush at a Texas Rangers baseball game on July 7 in Arlington, Tex. On Tuesday, he will present a book of national economic proposals by an array of experts.)
Visit BagNewsNotes: Today’s Media Images Analyzed
Bag’s Take-Away:What’s terrifying about that abandoned China theme park photo is the way it references the entrance to the Magic Kingdom, playing on the all-too-present fear that Recession America, formerly Frontierland, got lost in Fantasyland and has no Tomorrowland.
Full Slideshow at The Atlantic.
(photo: David Gray/Reuters caption: A farmer carries a shovel over his shoulder as he walks to tend his crops in a field that includes an abandoned castle-like building that was to be part of an amusement park called “Wonderland”, on the outskirts of Beijing, China, on December 5, 2011.)
Bag’s Take-Away:It appears the media is open to visualizing poverty right now in a much more honest and less stereotyped way. I’ve seen quite a few pictures of soup kitchens and breadlines over these recession years, but haven’t seen many this willing to suggest demoralization and shame.
(photo: Spencer Platt/Getty Images caption: People wait in line to receive free milk from the Milk from the Heart program which makes weekly deliveries to Washington Heights and 12 other locations in Manhattan and the Bronx on October 6, 2011 in New York City. As the economy throughout the nation struggles, prices on many food staples have continued to rise. According to data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, milk prices throughout the Northeast are 19 percent higher than two years ago with the average price of a gallon of milk now at $4. The Milk from the Heart program gives individuals in need two free quarts of milk and hands out about 14,000 quarts a month. The program, which has witnessed a steady increase in participants, is financed partly by private donors and is part of the non-profit Homes for the Homeless.
Bag’s Take-Away:Somewhat surprising we haven’t seen this before: the Merrill bull as false idol. Skyscrapers notwithstanding, the scene feels almost biblical. Make way for the Golden Calf!
(photo: Henny Ray Abrams/AP caption: A coalition of clergy carry a “False Idol” to the Occupy Wall Street encampment in Zuccotti Park, Sunday, Oct. 9, 2011 in New York. Having started in New York, Occupy Wall Streets demonstrations now take place all across the United States, as protesters speak out against corporate greed and the gap between the rich and the poor.)
Clever shot from LA job fair sponsored by Congressional Black Caucus, especially as White House stresses over unemployment. Call it: “O(bama) on the spot.”
Full slide show.
(photo: Kevork Djansezian/Getty Image caption: Job seekers enter employer tents in the parking lot of Crenshaw Christian Center during the Congressional Black Caucus For The People Jobs Initiative job fair on August 31, 2011, in Los Angeles, California. Thousands of people showed up to the event which had several thousand jobs to offer from employers ranging from supermarkets to entertainment companies.)
Bag’s Take-Away:Looks like fears about London’s Orwellian CCTV system are coming home to roost. If the riots were an expression of collective frustration over a boiling soup of complex problems, the disturbances are being framed by the surveillance state as a gang-action. Here, on a board, are their poster boys. Then, I’m wondering how they made their edit. Badass with a hoodie, you’re in? Also wondering (given how much 10 Downing denies race was a factor in the riots) about that ratio on the board of blacks/immigrants-to-whites (as either blame game or demographics of the underclass).
For a second pic on London’s riot politics (David Cameron doesn’t know graffiti), see this shot at The Bag.
(photo: AP caption: London Mayor Boris Johnson visits a Police CCTV Investigation Unit in London, that is gathering evidence of the London riots Monday Aug. 15, 2011. Britain must confront a culture of laziness, irresponsibility and selfishness which fueled four days of riots that left five dead, thousands facing criminal charges and hundreds of millions of pounds (dollars) of damage, Prime Minister David Cameron acknowledged Monday.)
Bag’s Take-Away:Here’s what you can do with your digits? If the message is plain and simple, it’s a classic example of a world-wide trend.
(photo: AFP PHOTO / GIUSEPPE CACACE caption: A sculpture by Italian artist Maurizio Cattelan depicting a middle-finger gesture faces Milan’s stock exchange on July 11, 2011. Italy moved to curb financial speculators the same day as the Milan stock market dropped and Italian bond yields hit record highs on investor worries that Europe’s sovereign debt crisis is spreading.)Via : Charlotte Observer.
Bag’s Take-Away:If you read Linkins’ take (and I love his comparison to the old Greenspan cover and the boys club double-standard), you do have to worry how much a gunky, pot-shot tableau of dripping hate is sympathetic to Elizabeth Warren vs. how much it’s a conditional way to further frame her (as long as she “sticks around”) as a primary target … and a cartoon.
(creative director: Richard Turley)
Bag’s Take-Away:Meanwhile, back on planet Earth…
(photo: Gero Breloer/AP caption: Shop assistant Marianne Chase, right, fixes a sign reading “shop to rent” next to mannequins dressed as Kate Middleton, Britain’s Prince Charles and Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II, from left, to right, in a French Vintage Shop as final preparations are made in London, Tuesday, April 26, 2011, for the royal wedding of Britain’s Prince William and his fiancee Kate Middleton on Friday. )