Is Nothing Sacred?

    

Is everything in this presidential race fair game for raucous and rancorous levity? Is nothing sacred? Truth be known, the answer is yes on both counts! If we can’t make fun of our presidential hopefuls (and, more importantly, politicians in general) what difference would there be between the US and North Korea? In such a drawn-out campaign as this, my friends, we can only take so much of the canned rhetoric.
    We hope the candidates make a surfeit of gaffes so that predatory comics and satirists can sink in their teeth and draw the requisite blood. Thanks to The Daily Show with Jon Stewart and the Colbert Report these days, wit and humor is on the rise on both sides of the political chasm. So for you to make informed decisions, I have compiled a personal list of the top five satires to date.  The winners, in descending order are:

5. This send-up of Shepard Fairey’s Obama “Hope” poster.
4. The bi-partisan political humor on Jibjab.
3. Robert Grosssman’s O-Man Song by John Simon.

Tied for second:
2. The Onion’s “War for the White House.”
2. Paris Hilton’s response to the McCain ad comparing her to Britney Spears and Barack Obama.

And the winner and new champion:
1. Doctored John McCain photos. (see above)

(Hats off to Barack Skywalker in “The Empire Strikes Barack”)

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Steven Heller is the co-chair of the SVA MFA Designer /Designer as Author + Entrepreneur program, writes frequently for Wired and Design Observer. He is also the author of over 170 books on design and visual culture. He received the 1999 AIGA Medal and is the 2011 recipient of the Smithsonian National Design Award.

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