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October 18, 2011

*Guitar Hero*

Aris Messinis/AFP-Getty Images

The Revolution is not only televised, it has a soundtrack. Maybe a laugh track, too.

But seriously… I bring you this picture because so many news photo galleries are so infested with play-acting rebels — playing guitar, flashing victory signs, generally yukking it up — you get the feeling sometimes they’re only there for the kill (Gadaffi) or to justify their airfare.

(“Guitar Hero,” by the way, is how MSN chose to label it.)

— Karen Hull

(photo: Aris Messinis/AFP-Getty Images. caption: Transitional forces firea at loyalists as one man provided guitar accompaniment in Surt, Libya.)

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