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December 1, 2016

Culture Shift: Our Twitter/Instagram Favs of the Week or So

The culture is changing quickly in response to the presidential earthquake. (If you have any doubt, just ask the SPLC.) Visual culture is particularly sensitive to the impact. In fact, it seems that news imagery that isn’t directly about Trump is still about Trump. We found these photos, some of which we posted over the holiday stretch, particularly shapeshifting. Take Jim Goldberg’s clever “It’s been one week” sign, for example. The real novelty here is that he actually noticed it and said it before it started turning into the everyday.

November 1, 2016. Columbus, Ohio. An immigrant from Somalia at a rally with President Obama in support of Hillary Clinton.

Stereotyped analogy, but… pepper spray as a variant of war paint. Photo via @AP — caption: Tonya Stands recovers after being pepper sprayed by police after swimming across a creek with other protesters hoping to build a new camp to block construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline, near Cannon Ball, N.D., Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2016. Officers in riot gear clashed again Wednesday with protesters near the Dakota Access pipeline, hitting several dozen with pepper spray as they waded through waist-deep water in an attempt to reach property owned by the pipeline’s developer. (AP Photo/@johnlmone) #DakotaAccessPipeline protester #dapl #StandingRockSioux #protest #pipeline #energy #oil #indian #nativeamerican #tribe #dignity #pepperspray #northdakota

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Almost two weeks, ditto. #Repost @goldbergjim

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Photo: David Butow Caption: November 1, 2016. Columbus, Ohio. An immigrant from Somalia at a rally with President Obama in support of Hillary Clinton.

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