January 6, 2012

Your Turn: Romney Redux and the (Endlessly Flogged) Likeability Factor

I’m interested in your deconstruct (or re-construct) the new TIME cover in light of its earlier cousin. I’m curious about the anchor text, especially the tone of the language on the new, post-Iowa cover. I’m also interested in the half-expressions and how they read differently given Romney’s angle, the ratio of space they are given on the cover and the fact that different sides of the face can communicate and suggest different things. And then, what’s with the difference in contrast?

Finally, to make things more interesting, I reversed the chronology to put Romney together. Among other things, it might help you think about how he’s split in the first place (and what that implies, considering the Iowa cover has him “coming out backwards”).

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