Politrix: Where Do We Draw the Line?

I would have loved to be a fly on the wall in the editorial meeting when editors at The New Yorker decided to move forward with this cover. What was the thought process behind it, besides causing a stir, increasing newsstand sales and maybe getting Editor David Remnick on every cable news show known to man?

The New Yorker
calls it “satire”, meant to “hold up a curtain to the absurd”, but in actuality, it’s only elevating the ignorance that they wish to make fun of. We live in a world where imagery speaks volumes and people rarely take the time to read, research or search for a deeper meaning. I am sure that the editors of the New Yorker know this better than anyone, which makes me question their TRUE motives. If anything, this only gives McCain an advantage to reap the benefits of all the support and potential votes that fear and ignorance can derive.

This reminds me of the recent “Assasination of Barack Obama” exhibit which, just like this cover, was nothing more than “satire.” Artist Yazmany Arboleda defended his installation by claiming, “It’s art. It’s not supposed to be harmful. It’s about character assassination…” The NYPD quickly shut him down—not more than 30 minutes after his installation was set up.

So what makes this New Yorker cover any different? See below for a few images from Arboleda’s instillation, and take another look at the cover. Where do we draw the line?


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