Where's the Line?, Part 2

My previous post on The New Yorker's Obamas-as-terrorists cover has generated some terrific reader commentary, and in light of that I'm linking to an opinion piece by cartoonist Ruben Bolling, who points out the importance of context when it comes to potentially incendiary satire.

So I guess the question now becomes: Who's responsible for providing context for the public—the public itself or the artist? I think in most cases it's the public, but when a magazine sits on a rack in such a public setting as a store—thereby, becoming part of the landscape—I think that responsibility shifts to the artist.

[Thanks to Isaac at Parabasis for posting the article link.]

1 comment:

  1. Can't we just say the New Yorker cover isn't very witty? There's no visual punchline...