Obama is visually viral. When driving to the Houston Museum of Fine Arts, I passed this iteration of the Obama poster, left, painted on the side of a building. I'm just now getting to post this as I work through things after being gone from Santa Fe for days and days. While I was in Texas, the tv had the pope on everywhere that day I spotted Obama painted on the yellow bricks and a parody of the pope, right, in the style of Shepard Fairey's now famous Obama Poster was circulating.
Looking at political communications, visually, in with media studies this week, the visuals that stand out among the loud blabbering on cable and in the blogosphere during this pivotal and perhaps most decisive political week are most indicative of all.
I've pulled these Obama Poster parody iterations to show how the fight was playing out with reiterations of Fairey's graphic. The poster in print has gone viral, as I knew it would when I wrote Political Art and the Power of Visual Images.
One of my favorite recent political quotes early on in the week (just so we're not totally visual) is by James Carville, commenting on Hillary and Obama: "If she gave one of her cajones to him, they'd both have two." ha.ha. Seriously, I am highly entertained by the visuals by artists and photographers rather than the comments of the punditry. Soundbites and snippets are what we're about, socially and culturally.
The visuals tell the story so I will give you the two oppositional favorites of mine from this week with the leading Hillary graphic on 5/8 from The Drudge Report, right, which ran just above a headline, "No Way" juxtaposed with this week's Time magazine, just out, with the relaxed smiling Obama with the huge headlline, "And The Winner* Is..."
Back in September 07, I thought Hillary had the edge, as I wrote in Hillary Pop Iconic: Leading by Visual Image.
The tide shifted w/ the Obama poster. If you look at graphic imagery as produced, reiterated and shared online, Obama's fans are winning creatively. This shift occurred in early April. I found the Mamas for Obama graphic for sale on a t-shirt you can buy on Zazzle.com. Me, I'm just following the art and media for political communications interests and digging deep on issues in order to make up my mind.
On another media note, Webby Awards have been announced and CyberJournalist reports results (and, no surprise, WashingtonPost is sliding online, and my once very online with it local paper, The Santa Fe New Mexican, is falling way behind w/ online trends):
*Multiple winners such as: NYTimes.com (8); The Onion (7); National Geographic (4); FactCheck.org (3); BBC (3); TESPN.com (3); and CondeNet (3).
* 27 sites won both a Webby Award and a People’s Voice Award including: Huffington Post (Blog-Political), PostSecret (Blog-Cultural), FT.com Alphaville (Blog-Business), National Geographic (Magazine), NYTimes.com (Newspaper), FactCheck.org (Politics).