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October 28th, 2007

Sight Gag:Doctor Madison Avenue

Posted by Hariman 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.

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  1. on October 28th, 2007 at 9:30 am

    […] an interesting post today on Sight Gag:Doctor Madison AvenueHere’s a quick […]

  2. brendadada said,

    on October 29th, 2007 at 12:12 am

    Damned trackback spammers!

    It’s strange that we once thought smoking was good for us. Or did we? Was that just the marketing ploy? On another note, I heard on the radio an interesting piece about Australian indigenous medicine where newborns are blown smoke to help them breathe. Pfff, one thinks, until we hear that it’s actually the smoke of burning eucalyptus bark. Hmm…

    Real tobacco, without all the horrible additives in cigarettes, might have a few beneficial effects, mightn’t it? My grandfather used to grow and cure his own and he lived to a great old age, but I guess everyone has apocryphal stories like that.

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