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March 29, 2019

Mulling on Mueller, Mo’ Beto, and So Much Posterizing: Our Social Week

Photo: David Butow via Instagram. March 22, 2019. Caption: Shadows from a Secret Service dog are projected onto an exterior wall of the White House this evening, a few hours after Robert Mueller submitted his long-awaited report to the Attorney General. POTUS is in Florida.

With all the anxiety and anticipation over the Mueller Report, the release of a slight Justice Department summary exonerating Trump just led to a deeper foreboding. Bereft any lingering hope of the special prosecutor revealing something of immediate consequence for this administration, instead we were left with more of the same. Following the release, the anxious mood in Washington was captured by photographers, variously, in Mueller’s wistful expressions and the late winter landscape of the city itself. Freelancer David Butow may have captured it best, huddled outside the White House a few hours after the report dropped, in the menacing shadows of secret service guard dogs scampering across POTUS’s front lawn.

Elsewhere, our social feeds tracked the ongoing normalizing of conservative extremism, an insidious use of humor and pictures to delegitimize climate change action, and the continued life of last week’s now iconic shot of New Zealand president Jacinda Ardern. The meaning of tragedies—and their representations—ripple over time. Let’s hope Ardern’s solidarity gesture continues to coincide with measurable change around the globe.

– Rian Dundon

 

Photo: David Butow via Instagram. March 22, 2019. Caption: Shadows from a Secret Service dog are projected onto an exterior wall of the White House this evening, a few hours after Robert Mueller submitted his long-awaited report to the Attorney General. POTUS is in Florida.

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