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By caia, July 16, 2008 at 11:18 pm Link to this comment
I see your point; some Obama supporters do seem insufficiently jaded. But in the discussions I had among Dems, I didn’t see a difference between the Obamaniacs and the people who voted for someone else in the primary. Most people found it to be somewhere between misguided satire and overt racism.
In particular many people felt that whatever the satirical intent, it would backfire by reinforcing falsehoods. Some of the less obvious visual messages are highlighted here, I think rather convincingly.
By duncan-_-idaho, July 16, 2008 at 10:22 pm Link to this comment
A valid point, caia.
However I do see the comparison. I get the impression from the popular portrayal (and some personal experience) of Obama supporters that there is a level of fanaticism that is worrisome.
These same people who are so assured that Obama is the answer to all of their problems, will be the ones that discontinue political activism once their short-term goal is attained (Obama as president)
No one has all the best answers.
By caia, July 16, 2008 at 8:05 pm Link to this comment
I am not impressed with this comparison. There is a difference between being upset or even enraged by an image (rightly or wrongly), and advocating and carrying out violence because of it.
If deaths, death threats, arson, and/or violent protests occur because people are upset over the Obama cartoon, then the comparison will be valid. Otherwise, it’s just a cheap shot.
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