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July 19th, 2009

Sight Gag: Weapon of Choice for the 21st Century

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Photo Credit:  Cam Cardow, Ottawa Citizen

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  1. ER said,

    on July 19th, 2009 at 4:37 pm

    Mixed media is the message?
    I love this. Despite the caption, this hand-drawn cartoon featuring a human hand arranged to make a statement about the power of portable technology, incidentally argues for the continued relevance of the editorial cartoon. Cardow’s use of another manual weapon (pen and ink, with a little photo-montage thrown in) to introduce the 21st C weapon highlights the irony of the cartoonist’s own caption and reminds us of WJT Mitchell’s admonition that “all media are mixed media.”

  2. Hariman said,

    on July 19th, 2009 at 8:58 pm

    Great point by ER. It extends to the Iranian protest movement as well: what has been celebrated in some quarters as the triumph of new media (e,g., cell phones and Twitter) has in fact been a dynamic process involving provisional and at times remarkably effective combinations of both traditional and new media by advocates and journalists making it up as they go.

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