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Progression or Perpetuation?

An organization called Casey Family Programs has produced several new ads about foster care that have shown up on television and the sides of buses here in the Austin area.

Picture of a young boy, with a caption that says I have twice the rate of post-traumatic stress disorder than veterans of the first Gulf War

The website for the campaign is here: ""

Visual Rhetoric and Invisibility

This editorial cartoon shows a lesbian couple in a church with a minister saying I pronounce you a gay couple in a civil union, filing separate tax returns under IRS rules

Where is the line between visual and textual rhetoric? A brief event brought this question up for me on a personal level recently.


Obama speaking against sunset sky; we can only see his silhouette

Like Sarah, I've been paying a lot of attention lately to how journalists photograph the two presidential candidates. (And I apologize that this image is so tiny.)

Holy Man*

So earlier this week, I'm checking my news online and I come across this photo of Barack Obama:

a photo of Barack Obama standing at a podium.  The spotlight behind him gives a halo effect

Obama poster art

Obama campaign poster, his silhouette against the words America needs a thinker think your words think Obama
"The Thinker," by gausa

A recent New York Times "Campaign Stops" blog brought my attention to the incredible variety of poster art being produced in support of Obama. The blog post I link to here discusses a few of the images in detail, but it leaves a lot untouched.

William Eggleston

William Eggleston

Story of Stuff Part Deux

Well. So much for being technologically savvy. After telling my students that I couldn’t find her bio anywhere, they hopped on the computer and found it within seconds. “Uh, Mrs. Wagner? I googled Annie Leonard and found her bio, right here on the Story of Stuff site.” In my head I thanked my years of teaching experience for my ability to not know something in front of my class. But anyhow, let me describe this class to you because it really worked well.

"That's so gay."

Image Meltdown

A compelling essay on the current money mess by Charles Eisenstein at the eclectic and ambitious web magazine, Reality Sandwich, offers the following perspective on the larger meaning of “meltdown”:

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