As the convention pivots, turning its attention to the nominee, I'm concerned in advance as to how the traditional media will frame (poor choice of words, I hope) Barack Obama. If the cover of TIME's convention preview is any indication, however, we're in trouble. (By the way, I have examples in hand of three more convention-related publication covers that will really trouble you. I just need to find a scanner from the middle of the media/blogging beehive I'm in to bring them to you.)
Compare the new TIME cover with their October '06 edition when Obama was still, what they termed, a "fresh face" (as opposed to a man, they see now, as having at least five of them). What was a smile then has turned toward a grimace. The eyes are slightly narrowed conveying more wariness, even skepticism. And then, in place of the white background and the proclamation of a title, Obama floats ominously in the dark, the color contrast and his merger with the shadows making him darker as well.
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(image 1: Barack Obama, image 2: Platon for TIME)