January 25, 2009
Notes

Utter Infantilization

200901242327.jpg

I cringed in embarrassment when I saw this photo — of Caroline Kennedy and JFK in 1958 — leading the NYT WIR piece, A Fumbled Handoff of the Torch.”

The article packages Teddy’s seizure at the inauguration lunch with Carolyn’s Senate seat misadventure to confirm the official decline of the Kennedy family. Beyond dramatizing her as a political neophyte, the photo’s cherished quality plays on the criticism of Caroline as entitled, the use of the image (as a last word) as much as calling her a baby.

(image: Ed Clark/Time & Life Pictures — Getty Images)

Post By

Michael Shaw
See other posts by Michael here.

The Big Picture

Follow us on Instagram (@readingthepictures) and Twitter (@readingthepix), and

Topic

A curated collection of pieces related to our most-popular subject matter.

Reactions

Comments Powered by Disqus