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Election 2016: Image World (10)

The stills and videos of Trump at the podium during his acceptance speech, radiating anger and contempt and self-satisfaction, strike me (and, from the commentaries I’ve read, many others) as downright scary, though I’m sure neither Trump not his supporters feel the same. At the very least, those visuals don’t make him into a babe magnet for suburban soccer moms. […]

Election 2016: Image World (9)

Cruz’s “snub,” as many have termed it, his refusal to explicitly endorse Trump, left the evening on a decidedly sour note — not least because, as the senator from Texas surely anticipated, it immediately became the major topic of discussion on social media, as well as in the news analyses that followed later that night. […]

Election 2016: Image World (8)

The dominant image of the Republican National Convention’s first night — determined by perusing the next day’s coverage — became an array of side-by-side still images and videos of Melanie Trump and Michelle Obama, along with comparative images of the relevant texts of their speeches. This also took the lead in social media.That can’t have pleased the Trump campaign (reportedly, The Donald was furious). […]

Election 2016: Image World (7)

With its elephant-on-a-Fender-guitar logo, The Republic Party wants to claim its convention as the reincarnation of the Woodstock Festival of August 1969, hoping that some of the energy thereof (and the nostalgia it evokes) will rub off. This despite the fact that Woodstock symbolizes everything that the right wing despised then — not just sex, drugs, rock & roll but gender indeterminacy (all that long hair on men), racial integration, women’s lib, anti-war, anti-capitalism, you name it — and everything the right still despises today. […]

Alternate History: Robert Capa and ICP (5)

In short, we have clear evidence of a pattern of intimidation and obstruction of independent Capa research by individuals at the very top of the ICP chain of command, going back to the institution’s origins. This does not bode well for the future of Capa scholarship, nor for the future of ICP. Moreover, it raises serious questions about ICP’s claim to credible status as a research institution. […]