Friday, January 14, 2011
Seems the editors of Time are working overtime to capture a surreal sense to the tragedy that took place in Tucson this past week. Whether it is the ghoulish cover of Jared Loughner or the Andy Warhol-inspired image of "Gabby" Giffords, Time seems to want us to look at this incident from a variety of lenses, which is why the editors chose to devote an entire issue to the events that took place in Pima County.
David Von Drehle is first up to bat in this special issue, telling us of The Real Lesson of the Tucson Tragedy. He seems to be channeling the great Gonzo in his article, wanting us to look with fear and loathing on the incident, but also feeding on the more poignant aspect of Christina Green, in an appeal to as many readers as possible.
The magazine is filled with articles, photos and photo-shopped images, such as the lurid article on A Mind Unhinged, with John Cloud attempting to psychoanalyze Jared Loughner. It closes with a round table survey of sorts entitled Are We Becoming An Uncivil Society? polling the opinions of leading national media figures like Tom Brokaw and gurus like Deepak Chopra. Seems like there is something in it for everyone, but at the same time devoid of any real content.
I liked the way There are no easy answers as President Obama eloquently said at the memorial service in Tucson. We have to look inside ourselves for the answers, and strive for greater national unity.