Friday, June 13, 2008

Tomato Nation


I usually love Cagle, the wonderful political-cartoons database. It's a great way to see others' perspectives on an issue--perspectives that don't involve trite, self-important diatribes that seem to be written over and over (yes, I know McCain has aligned himself with party politics, I don't need to hear it a twelfth time)--and the artwork is fascinating, too. It's interesting to see how one artist will depict something with humor and another will take a much darker approach; I'd link some examples, but I'd much rather you explore the site for yourself.

That said, this is not news. Okay, it's news, but it's not a debatable issue, nor is it an emotionally-charged tragedy or world-altering event. There is no possible way to make a political cartoon out of the tomato recall, unless you tie than into something else. It's not a political issue, it's a....scientific one--a disease-ridden, McDonald's-scandalizing, scientific case of salmonella. There are so many other issues to talk about, even under the dangerous-tomato umbrella; how this effects fast-food chains, say, or what this is going to do to the agricultural industry, if anything. But making a cartoon about how tomatoes are scary just seems lazy, like, it was 11:30 at night and dude had to come up with something, and HuffPo wasn't loading properly, so there you go. Tomatoes. Rotten tomatoes. Can somebody with drawing skills please make a The Happening Tomatometer cartoon? Cuz I think M. Night Shyamalan's filmmaking is a lot more disgusting than a bad fruit.

-Josh

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