This is my take on the whole terrorist fist jab New Yorker cover hullabaloo: people are idiots. Not so much the the editor who ran the illustration (just grossly irresponsible), not his readers (duh, it’s satire, I like, wrote my senior thesis on that topic), but an unfortunately large number of people outside their target demographic for whom it will only serve to solidify the fantasy that Obama is a closet Muslim looking to subvert, convert and otherwise corrupt this great Christian nation (‘did you know his middle name was Hussein??’). They had to know that this was going to wind up on the 5 o’clock news and in the hands of the same people who think he’s a terrorist in the first place, and then what? What of their undecided neighbors, the skeptical, right-leaning might-be swing voters? I repeat: PEOPLE ARE IDIOTS. To reinvigorate this controversy with this type of highbrow ‘the joke’s on you’ mockery was irresponsible and self-serving and New Yorker, you should be ashamed of yourself! I don’t have a subscription because I can’t understand a damn word but I’m definitely not starting one now.
cool stuff abounds. find your way on, off and around the gridI'm a writer and wide-eyed wanderer, culturemonger and experience collector. Born in New York and raised in Colorado, I've also lived in Sydney, France, Martinique and spent various random weeks and months exploring the spaces between. Possibly as a result, I'm not happy unless I'm on a plane twice a month going somewhere to discover something cool. This is where I'll attempt to collect and share some of the things I see in travel, design, retail, music, film, web, food, style. (I admit, focus has never been my strongsuit.) Day jobs have included years at big city branding shops, little town magazines and a stint heading up marketing for an alternative law firm's San Francisco office. I still have a foot in that pretty little city but my heart resides in Manhattan.
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