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Art Imitating Reality

How To Start A Media War

A future of unbridled harmony becomes a declaration of all out war in less than 4 minutes.

Note of interest: Fox News launched shortly after The Day Today ended.

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The Accidental Futurist: Steven M. Johnson’s Utopic Visions

Over at The Atlantic, Steven Heller looks at the work of ex-urban planner/illustrator of sublime futuristic visions, Steven M. Johnson:

Johnson might be the love child of the satirists Bruce McCall and Glen Baxter. In fact, design critic and former Dwell editor Allison Arieff described him as R. Crumb meets Buckminster Fuller. His distinct sardonic sensibility was borne of insatiable

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Life After The Fairy Tale Ends

Inside the world of Fallen Princesses.

When Dina Goldstein’s “Fallen Princesses” exhibition debuted at Vancouver’s Buschlen Mowatt Galleries in 2009, it almost immediately sparked controversy. Or at least what passes for controversy nowadays, namely, it upset legions of commenters on the Internet.

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Painting Of Homeless Children Clashes With Mansion Decor

In yet another tale of patriotic mansion decor trumping well-intentioned painterly concerns, Wisconsin governor Scott Walker has removed a painting of poor and homeless children from the walls of his rented governor’s mansion. But, why? This is, after all, the Mansion of the People!  Well, according to Mother Jones “he removed [the] painting depicting three Wisconsin children—one had been homeless,

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Hennessy Youngman On Fabricating A ‘Personal Mythology’

Aspiring artists take note: “Obviously it’s okay being a real person if your only goals in life are to find a wife or husband, maybe watch a few Ben Stiller movies, and make a few kids and pass away into the ether without leaving a real legacy behind other than those children,” says Hennesy Youngman (aka Jayson Musson). “But,…

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Fashion Illustrator Humor Chic Tackles Politics

It’s uncertain what exactly Italian fashion illustrator AleXsandro Palombo (aka Humor Chic) is going for with his latest round of illustrations. Best known for skewering the fashion industry with his work (i.e., I Love Anorexia), Palombo has gone decidedly political here. He’s cast Anne Frank as a super heroine, armed and sexy; and dressed Hitler in Louis Vuitton. Perhaps the…

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Turning Sarah Palin, Tiger Woods Into Cold Hard Cash

For the better part of the last year, bloggers have frantically attempted to wring every possible cent from keyword-rich stories covering Sarah Palin, Tiger woods (see above headline for proof), and a dozen other celebrity names coveted like gold in The Often Trifling Age of Pageview Journalism. It’s become a weekly, if not daily, ritual. It’s shameless, like so much…

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Helping Johnny Remember

Teaching children to play in harmony is not simple. Parents know the challenge, and as evidenced in Ashleigh Nankivell’s “Helping Johnny Remember,” mothers and fathers raising children in the 1960s knew this as well. But what transpires in Nankivell’s remix of this once harmless public service announcement, originally designed to warn children about the dangers of selfishness and social…

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