Friday, August 7, 2009

The Barack Obama Joker Poster And The Purpose Of The Artist

I don't particularly enjoy the image. It is not original and it is hyperbolic. An example of how we turn disagreement into charges of evil and fascism without any understanding of the charges being made. These charges and name calling are mostly unnecessary and wrong during the Bush administration as they are now.

Here is a defense, by Patrick Courrielche, that I don't entirely agree with but I can not argue with proposition that art will enter politics and the artist should maintain the right to present ideas and images that cross boundaries and cause vigorous discussion, but that discussion should remain civil. Sphere: Related Content

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