Monday, July 14, 2008

when is satire not funny?


another magazine cover featuring barack obama engenders an hysterical response. inside the magazine is a major article about the democratic candidate. meanwhile the new yorker asserts its right to freedom of the press and a whole bunch of people get their knickers in a twist. i don't think it's a very good cartoon, and the corner where an american flag is burning in the fireplace certainly pokes people with a stick (i am a bad american because i just don't get all stoked up when someone burns a piece of material with a pattern on it). the sad truth is that when one is a candidate, one is also a target. they all know that. this incident will probably be seen as great publicity. i am much more upset by the fuss about this publication filling up air-time and pages that might otherwise look more carefully at bush lifting the offshore drilling ban or the nine u.s. soldiers killed in afghanistan yesterday.

telegraph perspective
not on the times page yet, nor the indy
grauniad

1 comment:

  1. Interesting. When I first saw the cover, I immediately thought of all the urban myths around the candidate, not about the New Yorker actually attempting to portray Barack Obama with those images. In other words, I saw the cover for the satire I think was intended. But then, the risk of satire is that folks won't get it and be offended.

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