bite-sized for your convenience

Posted: January 31, 2013 in Observations and Commentary
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The revival of the national gun debate has re-energized failed graphic designers throughout cyberspace. Just when you thought the Presidential election had sapped all their energy these folks have rebounded from November’s muck to grace our monitors and tablets with their amazing PowerPointy/Photoshoppy dexterity! Being nimble of finger and savvy of Google these modern day Rembrandts-cum-Jeffersons have latched onto the issue of gun control to dazzle us with pithy digital posters designed to cut through the bullshit and drive an emotional stake through our silly misguided hearts. Scrapping together goodies from the web – photographs, clip art, quotations, statistics – these brave souls create masterpieces which swamp us with the incessant ferocity of a winter gale.

You’ve seen their work, haven’t you? Of course you have. If you are on the Interwebs at all – like you are right now – they are inescapable. The sensation these 21st century Guernicas engender bears an eerie similarity to being nailed to a chair in the Kardashian household, unable to move. You need to turn your head, you need to close your eyes, but you cannot. The wreckage is simply too morbidly fascinating.

Each digital poster serves up their creator’s distinct political or social philosophy in nice bite-sized morsels. Fitting perfectly into our collective short attention span which can only digest info nuggets in small nibbles, they plate convenient talking points to spit at the world with the even more convenient benefit of not having to go any deeper than the scummy surface. Isn’t it funny how we love our brain food fed to us in such economical portions, like Jenny Craig for the intellect, yet insist our tummy food is served in helpings which would embarrass Henry VIII? We are nothing if not a funny lot, we humans.

Now you may think these digital gems are just simple .jpg files with charts, photos, stats, and some form of random fact, but you would be wrong. They are so much more. They are the light which will sway our shaky beliefs to the righteousness of their position. They are the truth; they are the final word. You see, this is what passes as debate today, what supplants research for those who simply do-not-have-the-time to seek out information beyond a graphic and some bullet points. And it is easy to see why. They are, after all, so aesthetically pleasing. They appeal to our need for simplicity, beauty and order. The words and/or figures blend in a kind of harmony with the photos and/or graphics to grease the skids of the neural pathways from the eye to the heart, bypassing the brain and its pesky need for substance. Really, what more can you ask?

Well, that makes sense...

Well, that makes sense…

What?? OMG! Get Detroit on the phone! Stat!

What?? OMG! Get Detroit on the phone! Stat!

Oh my, we must do something. That's nuts!

This is disturbing, but…

Fascism over freedom? I think not!

Fascism over freedom? I think not!

Wait. Are those states on the right Fascist? I'm so confused.

Wait. Are those states on the right Fascist? I’m so confused.

Signs don't stop crime. That's a good point!

Tremendous point! Yes!

Yes! Yes!!!!!

So so true! He didn’t use any guns and he’s an elite mass murderer. How persuasive! Yes! Yes!!!!!

Oh.

Oh.

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Comments
  1. rangewriter says:

    This came up in my feed right after your “Who was that again?” post. The irony is biting.

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  2. We have our difference of opinions but I gotta admit, that shit was funny!! Very nice!

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  3. How did I miss this post? I think I need to get started working on one of my own posters.

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  4. bronxboy55 says:

    “Signs don’t stop crime — armed citizens do.” Admit it, John: We’re just jealous because we wish we’d written that. As you said so well, “…this is what passes as debate today.”

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  5. Good post, John. We Canadians would rather use our hockey sticks than any gun…or we just kill each other with polite chatter and move on.

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  6. Now, if we could just get to the real issue – mental health for the masses. Of course that isn’t as sexy as sleek ads that have us dividing up at the gun line.

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  7. I hadn’t seen any of these or maybe I just wasn’t looking in the right or left places.

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  8. rangewriter says:

    Brilliant! I especially love this: “Fitting perfectly into our collective short attention span which can only digest info nuggets in small nibbles, they plate convenient talking points to spit at the world with the even more convenient benefit of not having to go any deeper than the scummy surface.”
    You’re a gourmand of brilliant sarcasm.

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  9. I like any poster that features Adolf. I can’t get enough of him!

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  10. denmother says:

    Loved the post. Still looking for the graphic picture of the Kardashians and whatever disturbing message goes along with it.

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  11. rebecca2000 says:

    Well you know… who needs to debate when you can press enter on facebook. Or better yet, shout your thoughts while really no no facts. 😉

    x,
    Becca

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