July 2, 2010

Today's exercise in the comedy of Drudge photographic juxtapositions — AKA Drudgedy.

At Drudge right now, the picture at the very top is the Obama-with-winged-fingers that we were talking about yesterday, but let's talk about this collection of images:



This is a mysterious one, so let's brainstorm. The first thing I noticed was how that Google "You can trust us with your data" device — whatever it really is — looks like it's designed to stamp beanies onto the Pope's head or perhaps to examine/muddle/read the mind of the Pope. In the center column, the space shuttle is a simple and obvious phallic symbol. The left column — which we may interpret in relation to the giant technological phallus — is mainly hands: Nancy Pelosi's outstretched palm and Arnold Schwarzenegger's thumb-to-fingers grasp approaching 3 phallic microphones thrust toward his face.

Okay, you take it from there.

24 comments:

John Lynch said...

The Google streetlamp looks like an eye on a stalk. They are watching you, see?

Dead Julius said...

Don't forget that the space shuttle blew up. Twice.

former law student said...

I wish I could get past this, but the many beautiful images on the Althouse blog only make the butt-ugly Drudge page all the more jarring. Maybe if he used a different type face.

Anthony said...

If you have to "brainstorm" to find the comedy is it really funny? I think some of the juxtaposition is occasionally intentional, but this one, in my opinion, is random. Doesn't juxtaposition work because when the images (or whatever) are brought together a meaning absent before the merge becomes OBVIOUS? If you have to work to find the juxtaposition are they really juxtaposed? Just questions I have about this game.

Dead Julius said...

Big "trust us" government, big "trust us" business Google, big "trust us" church, big "trust us our shuttle won't blow up this time really we promise" NASA.

Paul Zrimsek said...

Do they still use those big old-timey salon hair dryers like the one at the upper right? If the Pope's beanie ends up perched atop a beehive do, we'll have Google to blame.

MadisonMan said...

No onion rings.

edutcher said...

Frankly, I think the image of Pelosi Galore masturbating the truth is comedy (OK, black comedy (OK, tragi-comedy)) enough.

PHenry said...

Sometimes a shuttle is just a shuttle.

bagoh20 said...

Meade, Do something. The girl is obsessed.

wind.rider said...

. . .and a microphone is just a microphone. I think she's gotten all revved up by Reynold's 'kid is off at camp and we've got the house to ourselves' traffic.

traditionalguy said...

Is this like an interprtation of symbols? The persona in today's play seem to be three Roman Catholics connected with the old area of the Roman Empire, one from Austria with a German Nazi Party member father ( Swartznegger),and one from Bavaria, Germany home of the Nazi Party (Ratzinger), and one from an Italian family emigrated to Baltimore( D'Alesandro). They are placed around a central picture which shows the well known space shuttle form in a position so that it forms the shape of the Germanic Death Rune required by Hitler to be placed upon the headstones of all Nazi SS graves, (it was also called the Peace symbol in the 1960s, and the witches foot, and the Emperor Nero's sign, or the symbol for the Anti Christ). All three of the people in the Drudge page pics are in some way involved in pushing for a re-make of the American Republic into a European Socialist society that can find its subordinate place as one part of a European controlled Empire. That Empire expects to get back its Rule that left the Western Empire in Rome for Gaul (France+Germany+ Austria) emerging as the Holy Roman Empire of Chalemagne). It next moved to an Empire based in London, and then went on to to New York, City after WWI. But now it's leaving North America for Europe again following the 9/11 WTC's destruction followed by New York City's Wall Street financial collapse that have lead us to an end to the US dollar's claim over world dominance. Another day like any other day on Drudge , and You Were There, says Walter Cronkite.

Ann Althouse said...

"If you have to "brainstorm" to find the comedy is it really funny?"

My test is interestingness. I found this collection of images very interesting.

Donald Douglas said...

Screencap blogging ... I do that a lot!

Windbag said...

Styx, anyone?

Doug said...

Penis ... phallus ... penis ... phallus ... geez, Ann, sometimes a cigar is just a smoke!

Dead Julius said...

Pelosi: "I just cut off my right hand. Only got my left one now. Vote for me! ME! ME! ME! I'm the only one totally committed to Leftism."

Schwarzenegger: "You hold it like this, curl your lips in, and after you've taken a hit you pass it around so that all the naked women in the hot tub with you can take a hit too. Oh, by the way, we're gonna start paying all state employee salaries in weed now."

Space Shuttle: "BLAST OFF!"

Google: "We are watching you. Be scared."

Pope Benedict: "We are raping your children. Be scared."

edutcher said...

Doug said...

Penis ... phallus ... penis ... phallus ... geez, Ann, sometimes a cigar is just a smoke!

As Winston Churchill (or Rudyard Kipling) once observed, "A woman is only a woman, but a good cigar is a smoke". Shadoe Freud had all the stuff about phalli.

William said...

I interpreted the streetlamp as a higher power that is overlooking the activities of the Pope. But after reading traditional guy's analysis it all becomes obvious. It's a wonder no one saw it.

JAL said...

Usual Althouse phallic fixation?

If it isn't breasts, it's ....

(Why do I read this blog?)

Corky Boyd said...

Sort of reminds me of the shrink showing his patient Rorschach test pages. After each one the patient would liken it to some obscene sex act. Finally the shrink, in frustration, told him: Son, you have the filthiest mind I have ever come across.

To which the patient responded: Me? Me? You're the one with the dirty pictures.

LoafingOaf said...

Drudge still finds Althouse unworthy of a link to her page after all her kissing up? That's gotta hurt.

David said...

The Google "streetlamp" is a surveillance camera, people.

deborah said...

"Drudge still finds Althouse unworthy of a link to her page after all her kissing up? That's gotta hurt."

If nothing else, it'll make him self-conscious about his picture selection.

Pelosi's picture mirrors the challenger pic.