Category Archives: Picture Book

Picture Book: Demystifying Commodity Fetishism

When I was in South Africa this fall for a conference at Unisa (sponsored by the Department of New Testament and Early Christian Studies), the conference organizers took several of us international visitors to the Apartheid Museum. It was an … Continue reading

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Picture Book: Tears of the Damned

I recently saw this image at Graph Jam: What I found interesting about the image is its ambivalence—it’s genuinely unclear to me how this image is supposed to be read. Consider these two options: The image is recommending that we … Continue reading

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Picture Book: Marriage and Donuts

I recently saw this image on Facebook (it was shared by George Takei, whose Facebook feed is pretty entertaining): While I am personally in favor of passing laws that benefit the interests of gays and lesbians, this comparison of gay … Continue reading

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Picture Book: Impervious Ideology

I found the following image at LOL god: This image more or less speaks for itself, so I don’t have much to say about it. It illustrates what I call an impervious ideology—it can’t be dented or contradicted by any … Continue reading

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On the “Ordinary Muslim”

I’ve posted twice already about the Lowe’s fiasco. Here’s an addendum: While this satire perpetuates the “they’re just like ordinary Americans” trope, what I like about it is that it’s designed to upset stereotypes. It reminds me of the “Ordinary … Continue reading

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Picture Book: No Room at the Inn

I recently found the following image on the Fail Blog: I don’t know it’s provenance—it might have been photoshopped by an anti-Christian group. My guess, however, is that it is genuine. This is a provocative image. I don’t know quite … Continue reading

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Picture Book: Rick Perry at The Response

If you follow the U.S. Republican presidential candidates, you’ll remember that back in early August of this year, Texas Governor Rick Perry addressed a large prayer meeting in Houston’s Reliant Center. The event, called “The Response: A Call to Prayer … Continue reading

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