Wednesday, June 14, 2006

PULL KOFI, PULL!

The New York Times has recently allowed advertising—mostly from nonprofits—to be placed in the lower right corner of its hallowed Op-Ed spread. The above visual is from an ad for dontshutdowntheUN.org. The copy reads: "Unless leadership is provided to reconcile differences through respectful diplomacy and compromise, there is a risk of a shutdown of certain UN operations and a serious breach in international relations..."
Gosh, that sounds deadly serious. What better way to illustrate such a potentially calamitous development then with a doofy-ass tug-of-war stock photo?

7 Comments:

Blogger Slinky Redfoot said...

I don't know - ropeburn is a crisis in my book.

2:58 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

So stupid. How often can 100 FRIENDS agree on something as stupid as where to have a barbecue picnic?

Now imagine 100+ self-serving, power-drunk cleptos, murderers, empire-builders and old-fashioned politicos 'trying' to build a better world. The UN is doomed.

3:14 PM  
Blogger Make the logo bigger said...

I think the team on the right will win. They're standing on land and should have better footing.

Just sayin'

3:43 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What an idiot you are Ano. No explanation needed here as to why because it is very obvious.. and what a stupid posting from jack ass copywrangler. Too bad the UN did not allocate money to an ad agency to design and great ad for the NYtimes...

4:20 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why exactly am I an idiot?

Because I am identifying the UN as the League of Nations sequel that it is?

The Cold War was the singular reason the UN functioned at all for its first forty years -- it was essentially a bi-party system. It's since denegrated into a fractured political state resembling post-war Italy: scores of small factions that accomplish nothing other than bickering, in-fighting and showmanship.

Any body that allows Saudi Arabia or Iran to head its human rights committee isn't worth a shit.

The UN is a great idea gone terribly wrong.

8:01 PM  
Blogger copyranter said...

also, idiot-calling anon: this is a problem that calls for some gravitas, not a goofy visual. any UN water-pitcher-refiller would know that.

8:08 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Looking at the picture it appears to present a rift between North and South rather than Near-East and West, which better portrays the New World Order of the 60s/70s than modern day. But maybe that also explains the clothing.

2:21 PM  

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