Sign o' the times: Hillary Clinton making an appearance before a crowd. The picture was posted to Twitter yesterday by Hillary For
America Design Lead Victor Ng.
The Presidential debates begin tonight in the U.S., and I imagine it will be one more of those occasions when I will be either sad or glad that I don't have a television. For those of you who are interested onlookers from other countries, this backgrounder article at The Atlantic is long but good. It's by James Fallows, who for many years has been a consistently interesting writer about politics and culture here. (Just passing along the link. No political comments if you don't mind. But how 'bout that photo?!?)
(Thanks to Jeffrey Schimberg)
CORRECTION: The photo above is by Barbara Kinney (left). Sorry about repeating the mis-attribution, although you'll notice that my caption as written isn't incorrect. Here's another nice selfie-related shot by Barbara. Thanks to David A and Manuel for the correction. —Ed.
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David Dyer-Bennet: "That photo is priceless! Actually took me a moment to figure out what was going on."
Matt: "This is an excellent example of how photos can be deceptive even without any sort of manipulation. The important context that's missing from most of the (predictable) discussion about the image is that the picture was taken immediately after HRC said 'everyone take a selfie,' after one audience member asked her if it would be OK."
Mike replies: Thanks Matt! That actually makes it even more interesting as a cultural comment...as I always say, most photographs need captions, meaning, context.