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August 29, 2013

Ready to Punish Assad, Cameron as Action Figure

Cameron berkeley cover

Thrilled as I am to have escaped LA, I’ve been running all over Berkeley. This afternoon, I just had to stop though when I saw this in one of the newspaper display cases outside the so-named Cal campus Free Speech Movement Café — especially with this woman completely transfixed.

Cameron Guardian cover Syria attack 600

Quite an image, no?

You’ll see below how the photo, a brilliantly-suggestive editing choice, morphed in my mind. Clearly though, this is what the visual media is wont to do. If we’re in another one of those countdowns where the time for temperance is somehow running out, this photo perfectly sets up the lizard brain.

Bradley Cooper runs in a suit

James Bond 007

Tom Cruise

Stallone Expendables7

Assassin s Creed

Update: I forgot to mention how much the effect is heightened because of how absolutely large as well as centered the photo is. It’s as if the page (echoing the car door) was a second door — or actually, a window — the PM is about to pop out of.

(photo 1: Yo. photo 2: Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images via The Guardian via Newseum. photo 3: Bauer Griffin – April 1, 2010. caption: Actor Bradley Cooper films a running scene for “The Dark Fields” in a suit. photo 4: Karen Ballard/EON Productions. caption: James Bond (Daniel Craig) in Quantum of Solace. photo 5: Jasin Boland.com – Tom Cruise Mission Impossible 2. photo 6: IMDb. caption: The Expendables 2 is a follow-up to the 2010 action blockbuster starring Sylvester Stallone. illustration: via http://www.fathead.com/ – Connor Sprinting: Assassin’s Creed III. Fathead Wall Graphics.)

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