Monday, March 24, 2008

Disturbing Subliminal Messages

Lori Blinderman has pointed out an interesting phenomenon. The pictures of Barack Obama and the Rev. Jeremiah Wright taken from this Time Magazine story appear to have been chosen to make them look as similar as possible. Both are using microphones, and the posture and facial expressions are very well matched.

The not-so-subtle subliminal message is that Obama = Wright. They are the same, and their ideas are the same. This is a kind of yellow journalism that we expect from tabloids but not from Time.

Sunday, March 23, 2008

New Hope for Postum

It turns out that the disappearance of Postum has not gone unnoticed. NPR’s Weekend Edition Saturday ran a feature “Postum Postmortem,” and many bloggers have been waxing poetic about the lovely warm grain elixir. A Yahoo group aimed at saving Postum has been established, and the recent Christian Science Monitor story “Can Postum Fans Revive Their Beloved Beverage?” suggests a miracle might be possible. The goal would be to have some smaller company acquire the rights to the formula from Kraft. Popular opinion has spurred this kind of resurrection in the past. Many brands, once orphaned, have been saved, including my favorite candy: Good & Plenty.

Sunday, March 02, 2008

New Obama Video

On the eve of the hugely important March 4th primaries (Texas, Ohio, Rhode Island, and Vermont), has put out another brilliant video that captures the spirit of the Obama campaign.