Monday, July 14, 2008

The Real in Action

Some people doubt that has been gunning for Obama for a long time. But all it takes is a quick scan at just a few of many headlines, and you'll see what's really going on...and why we feel such a need to call them out on it here at Salon: the Parody!

And YES, THESE ARE REAL, ACTUAL SALON HEADLINES. No parody, nothing fake. Just Salon in all its glory... (note: they did eventually go back and take the word "uppity" out of their headline, FYI)

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stich said...

Funny thing is, and here's the deal, all those bits were all FOR REAL!

rwanderman said...

Good thing you didn't put Kamiya's headline in with this lot, I think his piece on the New Yorker cover is right on the money but many are going apeshit in the comment thread.

This morning was the first time I've commented up there in months. Ugh, I feel dirty.

Jake said...

I totally disagree with Kamiya's piece.

He blasts people for "not having a sense of humor", when it's clearly plain that even if the New Yorker did intend for their cover to be satire, this still leaves two big problems:

1) Satire cannot exist without a context. There is no context in the cover at all.

2) Satire is the exaggeration of traits in order to tell the truth of a situation, thus if the New Yorker is claiming this is "satire", then they are saying essentially that it's true.

As someone else has pointed out, if the artist had taken the time to perhaps make the image appear in a thought bubble above someone's head (John McCain, Roger Ailes, Rush Limbaugh, take your pick), then it would be satire.

As it stands now, it's just defamatory.

rwanderman said...

Jake: Not to me and I've been reading the New Yorker for 30 years.

Yes, Reminick likes to go right to the edge... and I'm glad he does.

It's not a political cartoon. It's not an illustration of the inner article about Obama, it's a magazine cover and The New Yorker has a long history of covers like this.

Had Barack and Michelle laughed it off and asked for signed copies for the Oval Office wall the entire thing would have deflated.

Couple that with the idea that the New Yorker's audience is not the same audience as USA Today and the impact changes considerably.

stich said...

This latest controversy is makin' me ill, just open the magazine, read it, and chill.

rwanderman said...

stich: Done. Chilled.

stich said...

rwanderman, Word.
Shaken. Not stirred.

jake said...

rwanderman & stich:

I know you guys disagree with me, but I think you'll have to acknowledge that quite a few people have problems with what the new yorker did.

This Bill Mitchel cartoon pretty much echos my sentiments down to a 't'...