Monday, August 20, 2012

The Power of Images

By Pascal Dennis

Powerful piece by Caitlin Flanagan in the Atlantic this month.

"Jackie and the Girls" - about JFK's bizarre & uncontrollable womanizing.

Visual thinking and the power of images are central themes in this blog.

Caitlin's piece reinforces them.

Despite overwhelming evidence that JFK was a creep, the iconic John-Jackie-and-the-kids photos, hooks us every time.

"John-John has found a new an adorable new hiding spot. His devoted father, the most powerful man in the world, is clapping his hands with delight..."

So JFK continues to get a free ride, as it were, while contemporaries like LBJ and Nixon are judged harshly.

Their resentment is understandable, no?

Any learning points, besides "images are powerful"?

Let's see:

Life's not fair.

Be careful to be born rich...

Any others?

What would Socrates have thought?



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