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November 27, 2007

Because The Pictures Are Going By Pretty Fast

… Here’s my latest take at Huffington where I call out The Economist (they more than deserve it for this one) as well as that charade in Annapolis.

… Another freaky smile … and our original pass at it.

… I loved Ward Sutton’s visual analysis of campaign logos and bumper stickers last time and this time.  I especially liked his confusion over the Obama “O,” which I need to think more about myself.

… I liked this shot of Bush and Lott.  These guys never got along — the rule breaker and the parliamentarian.  Anyway, it seems no coincidence Lott quietly bowed out of the Senate in a loaded news week, and just before new rules kick in requiring two years (versus one) before he might roam the hallowed halls again as a gold-plated lobbyist.

… Before I completely forget, I also liked the NYT piece about your brain on politics.  (Romney messes with my amygdala too.)  If some of the analysis here is pretty watered down — maybe that is to dissuade us from considering how much further brother Rove and Company could be getting into our heads.

And a quick note for newsreader subscribers:  I just restored the full-feed, including images.  To make it worth the loss of direct viewers, however, please click on those ads at the bottom of the feed from time-to-time.  Each view sends some well-appreciated nickels this way.

  • JMSMuller

    The Economist cover remindsme yet again why, when my subscription to that publcation was due for renewal in 2000, I decided I could not do so when the editors endorsed George Bush over Al Gore. It is extraordinary that they still seem to believe – or are willing to pretend – that Bush is in the least bit competent.

  • Books Alive

    By chance, yesterday Huffington Post ran their first column in a new bi-monthly category, “What’s My logo?”
    The author questions how safari jackets became reporter Christiane Amanpour’s “logo.” The answers skirted some more sensitive issues, such as Christiane’s comment that she often wears scarves around her neck without saying that she wears them to cover her head in certain cultures. However, it is true that she has only worn them since about 1999, after chancing upon a safari shop in Rome while on vacation. (It might have been on her honeymoon, I conjecture, since I remember being fascinated with her marriage locale in Northern Italy.)
    The 22 comments so far include both complimenting and dismissing her recent three-part special on religious warriors. A list of Ms Amanpour’s 26 awards from 1991 to the present may have come from her Wikipedia entry, along with her college, University of Rhode Island, offered by another commenter.
    To bring this around to presidential candidate logos, Huffington Posts’ Miller states that the purpose of the series is to consider the “professional importance of personal style,” similar to Ward Sutton’s cartoon analysis of candidate posters. In the case of Barack Obama, for example, the importance of appearance came up in his meeting with a group of urban African-Americans in Iowa:

    Appearance is key to urban youth succeeding, he stressed. “You’ve got people coming in, heads hanging down, hat cocked. They’re mumbling. [Obama mutters a few nonsensical words.] You can’t understand what they’re saying. The employer asks them to do something and they’ve got an attitude. Why do I got to do it? Why didn’t you ask Pookie to do it? They come in late. The employer says, why are you late? I don’t know.”

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