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News Obama-Joker face gone viral

  1. Aug 18, 2009 #1
    Artist Firas Alkhateeb, a 20-year-old college student from Chicago has created a controversial masterpiece: the Obama-Joker face. The caption "Socialism" was later applied to his picture. The image is becoming ubiquitous at healthcare protest as well as being posted randomly all over the country. Whatever the interpretation is of this work, it is an amusing social phenomenon.
     
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    Uh..so no link?
     
  4. Aug 18, 2009 #3

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    Ivan Seeking

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    An interesting social phenomenon? There is nothing interesting about people who don't even know what they are opposing. Just more nonsense from the Limbaugh/Palin crowd.

    Congress is writing the reform plans, not Obama.
     
  6. Aug 18, 2009 #5

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    I've seen it posted all over Berkeley, near the University and down in the Gourmet Ghetto. I got a chuckle out of it, and it's a somewhat topical message. Socialism often goes awry in practice, and our government is closer than it has ever been to true socialism. We should never let our guard down, even during periods of relative trust.

    - Warren
     
  7. Aug 18, 2009 #6

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    The kid, Alkhateeb, that did the original says he did it as a tutorial on the use of photoshop and said the picture was stolen off of his flickr site.
     
  8. Aug 18, 2009 #7

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    Your knee-jerk judgments always amaze me, Ivan. The guy who created it is Palestinian, and actually supports and praises Obama.

    His message is not right-wing, it is libertarian. I see his point, but I also hold mostly libertarian views.

    - Warren
     
  9. Aug 18, 2009 #8

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    And by "created it," I mean the message, by whomever put the word "Socialism" under it. I can accept that Alkhateeb had no political message in mind.

    - Warren
     
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  11. Aug 19, 2009 #10

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    I'll give you that about socialism, but I don't see how it conveys such a message. I'm not a big fan of Obama or socialism, but I think it's kinda dumb.
     
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    Now that's ironic!
     
  13. Aug 19, 2009 #12

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    Well that's just purposely obtuse, Ivan. Health care reform was a central part of his campaign platform and as President, if Congress is leading the reform plans, that's a failure by Obama to lead. I know you're not naive enough for that, so all I can conclude is you're trying to put some distance between Obama and the current failure of the plan to be popular and pass (so far).
     
  14. Aug 19, 2009 #13
    I heard about it on the radio a week or two ago when people first started noticing and have seen it several times online since. I don't think many news sources found it very interesting.


    I'm not sure that it was orginally a political message at all, I think it was just a picture that someone was posting up for fun. Someone had already done a Bush Joker around the time the movie came out.
     
  15. Aug 21, 2009 #14
    Your government is still a million miles from true socialism. Perhaps moving left and coming a little closer to the centre would do your nation more good than harm?
     
  16. Aug 21, 2009 #15

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    This is politics.

    Get this crap off of GD. Even mentors here who show great intelligence in matters of science and have shown the capability of understanding nuances of complicated and difficult situations in other matters, are reduced to spouting oversimplified explanations and condemnations fed from opposing wing "opinion sources." It is embarrassing to read.
     
  17. Aug 21, 2009 #16

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    Hmmm... I wonder which of us should feel embarrassed about being different from Chi Meson.

    - Warren
     
  18. Aug 21, 2009 #17

    Ivan Seeking

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    I'm talking about the way it is used; talking about knee-jerk reactions. This was even referenced specifically in the op. Who made it or why really doesn't matter. Watch any anti-Obama gig and you'll see this and Hitler-Obama. If feeds right into the Palin/Limbaugh crowd.

    I also don't appreciate his defacing of our President. No matter his intentions, it is disrespecful and probably a cheap ploy for attention.
     
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  19. Aug 21, 2009 #18

    Ivan Seeking

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    If you read the posting guidelines, which was written by the staff, you would see that this thread really does not meet the requirements for a thread in politics. Also, personal opinions are allowed in GD. I'm sorry if you don't approve of that.
     
  20. Aug 21, 2009 #19

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    I saw the picture but I just didn't get it. Maybe because I didn't see the Batman movie.
     
  21. Aug 21, 2009 #20

    Evo

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    Actually, the political comments after the OP does make it more suitable for discussion in P&WA.
     
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