Monday, July 14, 2008
Obama "The Terrorist" on New Yorker Cover
The New Yorker, the magazine best known for its sometimes inscrutable cartoons has published a cartoon that has taken on Danish proportions in the Media. The cartoon is intended to be a satire of all the false accusations against Barack and Michelle Obama. If you haven't seen it click here.
Here's the funny part.
All the commentators have said that the problem with the cover (which you will notice I am not posting here), is that while New Yorkerer readers probably understand it is satire, the rest of the public won't. Translation. That cover, which you ostensibly published for your 1.1 million (liberal, east coast, well-off) readers and other people from that demographic, won't be understood by the millions of people who watch television or see the Newspapers that will reprint this cover tomorrow. HUH!?
This is ridiculous. Do we really live in an age when publications above a circulation of 10,000 need to think about how their writing or pictures will play in DC, or Iowa, or Pakistan? Where does responsibility lay in this case? Should the New Yorker have to think about how their cover will play to their reading audience (like they do for every article or cartoon they write)? Or should the greater media be more conscience about distributing the image beyond where you would find it anyway (a New Yorker cover).
I guess those are the questions we have to face on a slow news day in the 21st Century.