With the Fourth of July just one week away, I felt I should post some patriotic American stuff. What better than American Presidents as action heros shooting stuff with big guns.
This series of illustrations by Jason Heuser of the United States of America’s current and past Presidents are depicted in epic battle scenes that are reminiscent Frank Frazetta book covers. The images feature apocalyptical scenes with zombies, lions, bears, giant lizards, mechanical hands and so much more.
I don’t care what your political views are. I just don’t, and this post while featuring an image of President Barack Obama is not a political one. It is however a little bit of Monday morning inspiration. This illustration executed by Design Cartel, is a fantastic example of how to turn money into art. There are no details on how the piece was made. I’m going to assume it is a bit of cut and paste combined with some masterful Photoshop skills. No matter how it was done, be inspired by the results.
I try to keep politics off of here, but as we roll toward the November elections politics has been creeping in. I’m not going to post some stand about who to vote for or what is right or wrong (I will say Missouri Senate candidate Todd Akin is a asshole though). What I do want to talk about is the perception of candidates as they are portrayed by the media here in America.
At the end of the day, it comes down to a few things. Propaganda which is spewed by all candidates in the form of advertising. Yes folks it’s propaganda. Those carefully crafted TV spots are edited specifically to influence you. They say nothing about what the candidates are really for. Things are taken out of context and spun to make someone look good or in most cases very bad. (Todd Akin is still a backwards asshole, and no form of advertising will change this)
The other prominent form of information we receive comes from our trusted news sources, and most of us still get the news from TV. It doesn’t matter if you are getting your information from ABC, NBC, CBS, CNN, The New York Times, Rolling Stone, Mother Jones, Conservative Talk Radio, or your local TV affiliate, they all have one thing in common. The perspective they give, is usually towing the editorial position for the guy that writes the checks, and in many cases for the companies that sponsor the programs, articles, and media outlets. It’s not supposed to influence the news but it often does.
I think this is why I am pretty excited about the new YouTube U.S. Election Hub. It aggregates news from all over the world about our upcoming elections into one place. Why is this a good thing? Because the rest of the world doesn’t see America the way American’s see America. Because the rest of the world has opinions about America, our politics, our political leaders, and Americans. These world opinions influence us as much as we influence others. It’s good to see how the rest of the world perceives us and the people that might end up running our country. When these news sources are pulled together with our own, the information we receive is better, well rounded, global. And yes folks it’s the 21st century. We live in a global society, so foreign opinions do matter.