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Thu, Mar. 20th, 2008, 12:57 pm

Anyone else notice anything interesting about this image?

Guesses by those who don't already recognize this image as to where it's from?

Visual bias building.

Answer #2:

The New York Times

Thu, Mar. 20th, 2008 08:38 pm (UTC)

Dark background, no toothy smile... that's all I got.

Thu, Mar. 20th, 2008 08:43 pm (UTC)

Don't you mean black background?

I assume you already know where the image is from.

Thu, Mar. 20th, 2008 10:04 pm (UTC)
rockstarbob: Punny.


Dark, black. I couldn't tell if he's standing against a black background or if it's just dark looking b/c of how it's taken.

Edited at 2008-03-20 10:05 pm (UTC)

Fri, Mar. 21st, 2008 05:42 am (UTC)
holyloki: Re: Punny.

Tuesday's speech, and the racist 'smear' campaign made the image stand out as being black, most definitely. Whether a conscious or unconscious choice, someone went ahead with it. (It's not a new image though.)

Thu, Mar. 20th, 2008 09:03 pm (UTC)

mccain kinda looks like he has devil horns and a mental problem, clintons pic appears a little bit too angelic and obama is looking towards clinton while clapping from a black background?

Thu, Mar. 20th, 2008 09:36 pm (UTC)

Like you pointed out in the previous comment, Black background, no smile, no forced sense of mirth. How society puts color value of white over black is also apparent in religious contexts as well as terms like "the Enlightenment". Dark or in this case black has always been looked "down" upon by society in general. This is not only apparent in the images above, but also in storybook concepts and Disney movies if you look at the protagonists compared to the antagonists.
I will say I don't know where the images are from, but either way, it does have subversive tones of racism and all sorts of loaded societally imposed goodness.

Fri, Mar. 21st, 2008 05:34 am (UTC)

Speaking of Disney, I watched Forbidden Zone last night, and the question came up, "Are all queens in Disney cartoons villains?"
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Fri, Mar. 21st, 2008 05:35 am (UTC)

Not even, supposedly, close.

Fri, Mar. 21st, 2008 06:00 am (UTC)

woah.. ny times. (but i cheated and looked at the src.) then realized you had posted the answer already. crazy.

Fri, Mar. 21st, 2008 06:30 am (UTC)

This isn't surprising... NY Times has financial interests to look after

What surprises me is that they weren't a little more subtle on the McCain pic

They made him look like he has down syndrome

Fri, Mar. 21st, 2008 08:22 am (UTC)

This article used to have an amazing picture of Bush and McCain together that made them both look horrid and decrepit. There are definitely mixed power plays in the media dept. of the NYT.