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April 1, 2011

Illustration of the Week or Just Pretty Weak?

For myself, it’s a relief to see an illustration that nails what everybody is feeling — especially when the Fukushima radiation crisis (“don’t step in the cesium!”) seems to be losing out to denial.

But, let’s discuss….

  • bks

    ” Japan’s damaged nuclear plant may be in danger of emitting sudden bursts of heat and radiation, undermining efforts to cool the reactors and contain fallout. Limited, uncontrolled chain reactions are among the phenomena that might occur at the plant, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yukio Edano told reporters in Tokyo yesterday.”

    http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/g/a/2011/03/31/bloomberg1376-LIXG396K50YH01-6E85C18IU9EOCLTS7EMUKR96K3.DTL

    It will take a century to get close to the site. This story is bigger than Libya.

    –bks

  • Cate Blouke

    That combination of caption and image is more than a little ludicrous. It the article is really about their “courage” then why do they look so terrified?

  • ghost’ancer

    the work’rs scrubbed by rad/hard’n'd robox…the suitz will walk away

  • http://www.bagnewsnotes.com Michael Shaw

    I probably should have said more above, since I’ve already gotten a number of emails also….

    Not that the illustrator did it on purpose, but the disconnect between the headline and the imagery is exactly makes this so effective. The words/article prompt are completely consistent with the hyper-rational way the story is being discussed (like another human interest story) while the drawing, playing off the headline like a classic bait-and-switch, slams us squarely in the right/lower brain. Is it cheap, just like the cartoony characters and mischaracterization of the plant workers is cheap. Hell, yes. Maybe our reaction is to get offended, but at least the reaction is against something more real on the part of the media, which is the attempt to put the fear — the fear of everyone involved — squarely on the table.

    I like ghost’ancer’s point, as well, targeting the management. If lampooning the workers makes absolutely no sense, we’re left to wonder: where are, and what about the absent “other suits.”

  • http://www.bagnewsnotes.com Michael Shaw

    I probably should have said more above, since I’ve already gotten a number of emails also….

    Not that the illustrator did it on purpose, but the disconnect between the headline and the imagery is exactly makes this so effective. The words/article prompt are completely consistent with the hyper-rational way the story is being discussed (like another human interest story) while the drawing, playing off the headline like a classic bait-and-switch, slams us squarely in the right/lower brain. Is it cheap, just like the cartoony characters and mischaracterization of the plant workers is cheap. Hell, yes. Maybe our reaction is to get offended, but at least the reaction is against something more real on the part of the media, which is the attempt to put the fear — the fear of everyone involved — squarely on the table.

    I like ghost’ancer’s point, as well, targeting the management. If lampooning the workers makes absolutely no sense, we’re left to wonder: where are, and what about the absent “other suits.”

  • tinwoman

    The workers are cartoonish and childish looking. WHY? It looks like a MAD cover of an SNL sketch. It’s frankly insulting to the workers, especially since, as others have noticed, they look completely freaked out. This illustration has no dignity–I can’t imagine why anyone chose it.

  • Gasho

    To me the guys pictured here represent not just the Fukushima workers.. they represent humanity. Anyone taking any kind of measurements of this crisis feels this way. This disaster is LARGE. It is indeed demanding human sacrifice and as the circle widens, more and more humans are going to find themselves facing this demon. We’re ALL being touched by this already – literally, and everywhere around the planet – and it is growing. We’re told the levels are “safe” or “not harmful” but keep an eye on the numbers. When you see that contamination levels are 100,000x safe levels in the sea outside the plant right now, coupled with the fact that this could all get worse by some unknown factor of 10.. well.. those “safe” levels don’t seem so safe if you multiply them by 1,000,000,…,… do they?

    • brave new order

      the old are yet not dead; the dead are not yet old

    • brave new order

      the old are yet not dead; the dead are not yet old

  • Enoch Root

    This cover is insulting to those humans being ’sacrificed.’ It’s terrible. In the next frame, the guy in white will discover that he has super powers and will then fight crime as The Nuclear Samurai. Stan Lee will write it.

    What were they thinking?

    Also: Any picture of Bachmann wagging her finger should be destroyed, and this one is opposite a female robot, centered around a black swan. The future of 2100 looks pretty bleak.

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