Public Opinion is formed in America in the disparate experiences of the masses that the major media then forms and congeals into an entity that can be measured and exploited via advertising.
The Editorial Cartoon, however, has always found its most purposeful purchase just outside that mainstream media venom line to pock and poke fun of falsely considered mainstream media values with sticks of truth and the bones of what is real. 

One cannot escape the reality that this week’s Semiotic Scathing is
colored by three distinct matters: How the deaths at Virginia Tech and
the killing in Iraq are sadly similar; how NBC’s wrongful decision to air the murder’s rantings damages us all and, finally, how Guns in America frighten and distance us from each other.




Why do these Editorial Cartoons speak so strongly to us?
Do they convey the reality of our darkest fears?
Or do they confirm the truth of what we already know?


  1. In light of the news of the week it’s interesting to me how much attention and protection is given to the unborn while those children who are alive and thriving don’t get the same rabid, caustic, protection from harm.

  2. I think the most successful use of the Editorial Cartoon was during the Watergate era, arin. Every single day all day Nixon provided so many opportunities for mocking and truth-telling via cartoon. They drove him from office.

  3. I think these comics are re assurance that there is true, sane, educated media; some one else who wants to communicate an opinion, who thinks that tragedy’s are simply over proportioned. We know about the many dead in Iraq, we get told EVERY day, but we ceize to be affected by something so foreign. Is it a cultural issue? We surely have the ability to learn of the ridiculously violent tragedies of other countries, and even moreso the ability to communicate them, but we regard our personal safety above that of all human’s right to survive. Or do we simply think that because we are at war, they are the enemy, and have forfeited their rights to our personal concern?

  4. You ask many important questions, Mathieu, and I don’t know all the answers.
    My guess is that your instinct is correct — Iraq is foreign and distant and VA Tech is the here and immediate now.
    If the deaths had been switched — if we were fighting Iraq here and the school deaths happened in another country — we’d certainly be fussing over the Iraqis among us and not a lone madman elsewhere.
    That duplicity in perspective and diplomacy is what is eating us alive in the administration of our current foreign policy.

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