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August 26th, 2007

Sight Gags: Photo ID Required for Admission

Posted by Lucaites in sight gags


Our primary goal with this blog is to talk about the ways in which photojournalism contributes to a vital democratic public culture. Much of the time that means we are focusing on what purport to be more or less serious matters. But as John Stewart and Stephen Colbert often remind us, democracy needs irony, parody, and pure silliness as much as it needs serious contemplation. For our part, we will dedicate our Sunday posts to putting some of that silliness on display in what we call “sight gags,” democracy’s nod to the carnivalesque. Sometimes we will post pictures we’ve taken, or that have been contributed by others, or that we just happen to stumble across as we navigate our very visual public culture. And we won’t just be limited to photography, as a robust democratic visual culture consists of much more. We typically will not comment beyond offering an identifying label, leaving the images to “speak” for themselves as much as possible. Of course we invite you to comment … and to send us images that you think capture the carnival of contemporary democratic public culture.

Photo Credit: Cybergag 3000

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  1. Pat said,

    on September 14th, 2007 at 3:53 pm

    Reflecting on what is means to be a red-blooded American might be a great start for photojournalists to discern what we are losing, or have already lost in the mismanagement of global world politics that would have us ignore everything but the advantages and art of the deal.

  2. Steve said,

    on August 23rd, 2010 at 1:36 pm

    @author above me
    well said!

    thanks I understand the post

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