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Reading the Pictures: Occupy Demographics: Dirty Hippies?

Michael Shaw | Posted 12.12.2011 | Media
Michael Shaw

2011-10-12-Screenshot20111012at9.08.15AM.jpgIs Occupy Wall Street comprised of hippie youth? Not according to these photos.

Reading the Pictures: al-Awlaki: What's Wrong With This Picture?

Michael Shaw | Posted 12.02.2011 | Media
Michael Shaw


Reading the Pictures: TIME's Rick Perry "Near-Nomination" Cover

Michael Shaw | Posted 11.15.2011 | Media
Michael Shaw

2011-09-16-Screenshot20110916at8.32.49AM.pngConsidering that TIME has always reserved the "big floating head" treatment for shoe-in nominees, their Rick Perry cover suggests an air of inevitability.

Reading the Pictures: Obama's Jobs Address -- Key Optics

Michael Shaw | Posted 11.09.2011 | Politics
Michael Shaw

2011-09-09-jbospp.pngThis frame leaves me wondering how the political cycle will be any different from before: a deft speech leading to appeasement leading to mostly a brick wall.

Reading the Pictures: As 9/11 and the New World Trade Center Overrun Labor Day

Michael Shaw | Posted 11.07.2011 | Media
Michael Shaw

2011-09-07-Screenshot20110907at8.18.37AM.pngWhy isn't anyone asking what made the edifice of the WTC such a target in the first place?

Reading the Pictures: Cheney's Audacious Memoir Cover (And Claim to the Empire)

Michael Shaw | Posted 10.26.2011 | Books
Michael Shaw

2011-08-26-chen.pngIt's hard not to be impressed by Dick Cheney's cojones, and the spiteful swipe at George Bush, given the cover photo of his new memoir.

Reading the Pictures: The Symmetry of Bush Perry

Michael Shaw | Posted 10.24.2011 | Media
Michael Shaw

2011-08-23-Screenshot20110823at11.06.08AM.pngLooking at Bush and Perry, I don't think you get the sense at all they are clones as much as you get the feeling -- that they are both players.

Reading the Pictures: The Obama Bus As Metaphor

Michael Shaw | Posted 10.18.2011 | Politics
Michael Shaw

2011-08-18-shawpull.pngIf people can't stop talking about the Obama campaign bus, the question is why?

Reading the Pictures: Really, Bachmann Sex Act With Corn Dog?

Michael Shaw | Posted 10.14.2011 | Media
Michael Shaw

2011-08-14-Screenshot20110814at7.10.22PM.jpg Editor Toby Harnden posted this Michele Bachmann pornographic fantasy he shot himself in a two-fer piece on the Ames Straw Poll and the Iowa State Fair.

Reading the Pictures: President Boehner (Or, Obama Losing the Pulpit)

Michael Shaw | Posted 09.26.2011 | Politics
Michael Shaw

2011-07-27-boehnerobama.gifI find it striking, clever and telling the way the Repubs worked the visuals surrounding Tuesday night's presidential TV statement.

Reading the Pictures: Murdoch Testimony: Missing a Few Marbles?

Michael Shaw | Posted 09.20.2011 | Media
Michael Shaw

2011-07-22-murd.pngAs much as there are serious moral, legal and personality issues to consider with Rupert Murdoch, what we also see in the pictures are competency issues.

Reading The Pictures: Marcus Bachmann Looking Gay?

Michael Shaw | Posted 09.17.2011 | Media
Michael Shaw

2011-07-18-mb.png Has Dr. Bachmann, in his and his wife's vitriol toward homosexuality, brought this flamboyant visual upon himself?

Reading the Pictures: Newsweek's Palin "Make Up Sex" Cover

Michael Shaw | Posted 09.11.2011 | Media
Michael Shaw

2011-07-12-palin.pngIs this "make-up sex" for the notorious Sarah Palin Runners World cover?

Reading the Pictures: "Diana at 50": Newsweek's Perverse Newsstand Seance

Michael Shaw | Posted 08.30.2011 | Media
Michael Shaw

2011-06-30-sh.pngWhat an abusive thing to do to Kate Middleton! I could understand raising Diana's ghost around the royal wedding, but to raise the dead like this on the cover of Newsweek?

Reading the Pictures: I Seek the Presidency Not For Vanity

Michael Shaw | Posted 08.29.2011 | Media
Michael Shaw

2011-06-29-bac.pngNot hours into her presidential campaign, is the visual media having trouble taking Bachmann at face value, or is that the whole point?

Reading the Pictures: Media's Weiner Pictures: Who's Getting Dirty Now?

Michael Shaw | Posted 08.08.2011 | Media
Michael Shaw

2011-06-08-pulll.pngWhat's bothersome about the Anthony Weiner story is that the pictures seem to be serving the media's own interests more than the public's.

Reading the Pictures: What if the Media Stopped Sensationalizing Sarah Palin?

Michael Shaw | Posted 07.31.2011 | Media
Michael Shaw

2011-05-31-Screenshot20110531at11.16.18AM.jpg Instead of glamorizing Sarah Palin with Cover Girl photos, what if the media published photos of Team Palin as the flimflam they really are?

Reading the Pictures: Arnold the Philanderer = Very Old News

Michael Shaw | Posted 07.18.2011 | Media
Michael Shaw

2011-05-18-hsaw.pngWhy anybody would even bat an eye over yesterday's disclosure of Schwarzenegger's love child is ludicrous.

Reading the Pictures: One Fukushima Meltdown, Three Crippled Cores, Miles of Land and Ocean Glowing, but Still Nothing to See

Michael Shaw | Posted 07.16.2011 | Media
Michael Shaw

2011-05-16-Screenshot20110516at11.01.27AM.jpgHmm, corporate media still not very interested in Fukushima in spite of three compromised reactor cores?

Reading the Pictures: Unit 4 in Danger of Collapse? (And Then, Don't Tell Me There's Nothing To See at Fukushima)

Michael Shaw | Posted 07.13.2011 | Media
Michael Shaw

2011-05-13-shaw.pngWhat we're sadly lacking from Fukushima is a bigger and much better picture of what is a still-boiling disaster.

Reading the Pictures: Framing Osama (and Obama)

Michael Shaw | Posted 07.09.2011 | Media
Michael Shaw

2011-05-08-obamabinladenspeech.gifWhile I won't rip the DoD for propaganda, I will rip it for weak propaganda.

Reading the Pictures: The Deeper Price of Censoring bin Laden Photo

Michael Shaw | Posted 07.05.2011 | Media
Michael Shaw

2011-05-05-bbo.jpgThe core of a healthy democracy involves not just speaking the truth and hearing the truth, but also seeing the truth -- as contentious and tenuous as that might be.

Reading the Pictures: What's Wrong With TIME's X-ed Bin Laden Cover

Michael Shaw | Posted 07.03.2011 | Media
Michael Shaw

2011-05-03-Screenshot20110503at12.15.46PM.jpg After X-ing out three Muslims over the past eight years, today's cover speaks more to targeted assassination -- and racism.

Reading the Pictures: Fukushima Ha Ha

Michael Shaw | Posted 06.07.2011 | Media
Michael Shaw

2011-04-07-fukushima.jpgIf "Hey Ma, we found the crack!" is supposed to make me feel better, it just makes me more shaky and convinced how way in over our heads we are.

Reading the Pictures: David Cameron--Escorting Arms Dealers to Huge Mid-East Defense Expo--Drops By Tahrir Square

Michael Shaw | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Michael Shaw