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The Summer of Our Discontent

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Aug-13-16 Cartoonist Jack Ohman
Aug-13-16 Snopes Fact Checks Purple Heart Story
Aug-13-16 Context for Giuliani's Wild Hands
Aug-13-16 Context for George Washington Bridge Scandal

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Political cartoon critiquing Donald Trump and his cronies.

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Terry Elliott

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(Aug 13 2016 4:57AM) : Here is his Twitter handle: @JACKOHMAN And here is his email address: johman@sacbee.com more Tags: connecting info

Such a ‘busy’ cartoonist for one panel.

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(Aug 13 2016 5:15AM) : Vanishing point more

Cartoonist is trying very hard to create an illusion of depth. Note the lamps, the hatching and cross-hatching, and the vanishing point. I think the whole purpose of that is to make sure that the painting on the wall is believable in a spatial sense. Because…well, the painting is damned funny and full of subtext about very famous disasters in history.

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(Aug 13 2016 5:17AM) : You make the call more Tags: subtext

Can you identify all the disasters? And what is the subtext? The positioning of the painting is significant, too. I think the cartoonist is making a physical metaphor: what is ‘behind’ the nonsense that is happening in the foreground.

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Dr. Daniel Bassill (Aug 13 2016 9:52AM) : Disasters in painting more

I see the Titanic, the Hindenberg, a shark attack. What do the “D.S.M-V” letters stand for?

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(Aug 13 2016 5:55PM) : Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (of mental disrders) more

I guess he is suggesting that an even laerger disaster is looming—the possible presidency of narcissistic whack job.

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(Aug 13 2016 5:18AM) : What does this mean?
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(Aug 13 2016 5:20AM) : There is context behind this part of the image. What is it? more

There are levels of context here, some current and some very deep. The deep stuff is probably what I call subtext, cultural and history pretext to the cartoon that lends its own kind of depth just as much as perspective and vanishing point do.

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(Aug 13 2016 5:21AM) : What does this refer to?
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(Aug 13 2016 5:22AM) : Why are all of the characters beside Trump wearing white t-shirts?
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(Aug 13 2016 5:22AM) : Note the Napoleonic hand. A small hand indeed. What does this mean?
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(Aug 13 2016 5:24AM) : What is with the pizza? [Edited] more

Cheap shot? Yeah, gotta get in a little fat shaming here. I have always said Christie never had a real shot at being prez because he was too fat. We haven’t had a fat president since Taft.

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(Aug 13 2016 5:44AM) : Masterful use of slightly differing font size. Subtext here? more

Note all the whitespace around quote. Why? I think it ties the quote to the white t-shirts

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(Aug 13 2016 5:48AM) : Trump is only one in color. Why? more

Note the artist’s use of pink blushes. They are all blushing. Why?

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Added August 13, 2016 at 4:53am by Terry Elliott
Title: Cartoonist Jack Ohman

More cartoons from the SacBee.

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Added August 13, 2016 at 5:33am by Terry Elliott
Title: Snopes Fact Checks Purple Heart Story

Snopes.com provides some context for purple heart image in cartoon.

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Added August 13, 2016 at 5:37am by Terry Elliott
Title: Context for Giuliani's Wild Hands

Matt Taibbi give some hilarious context for Giuliani and the RNC.

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Added August 13, 2016 at 5:42am by Terry Elliott
Title: Context for George Washington Bridge Scandal

This is the most current information from the NYTimes on Governor Christie's connections to the lane closing fiasco that killed his chances for becoming president. Included is some background context if you are not up on the whole story.

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(Aug 13 2016 5:08AM) : A few general comments about how I analyze political cartoons. more Tags: analysis

Here is my analytic framework. It is just a way in and by no means the only one.

Of course, I “read” the whole gestalt quickly. There will usually be a click of acknowledgement or not. If I have been following the news carefully I get the click.
Either way the next task is to dive into the text, the context, and the subtext.
The text is what is literally on the page. I will put comment boxes around all of the items I want to discuss with you. If I don’t box something you want to talk about, well sign up for NowComment and add it yourself. This is a public document.
The context is the news and history that the cartoon ‘swims’ in. Some of this will be contemporaneous and current, but others bits of it will be cultural and historical.
The subtext usually arises from the context and text. Here we are trying to understand the cartoonist’s purpose and point of view. Why did he create the cartoon and what does it reflect about how he or she views the world.

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(Aug 13 2016 5:29AM) : Concluding [Edited] more

Now that you have had a few chances to put your two cents in and put together the text, context, and subtext; what is cartoonist’s message and purpose. Do you think he succeeds/fails/both? Other comments about wider philosophical/ethical significance of the cartoon?

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