Friday, February 10, 2006

Who deserves the Credit?


Several people ask me these days if i feel proud that at last cartooning has been promoted to first page news.
Oh,I'd love to, once i make up my mind whether this uproar would happen even if the cartoons in discussion were "serious", even flattering illustrations.
I think it's a lose/lose scenario.Either the whole thing is orchestrated, in which case the Muslim uprising would be fueled anyway by the fact that "they gave a face to the Unpresentable",
OR
The whole thing can be attributed to the thourougly satiric properties of the cartoons (the 12 originals plus 3 which were added afterwards for extra provocation),in which case the cartooning which made front page news was the WRONG kind of cartooning.(the reasons why i explained in the "drawing the line" post).
Careful navigation is needed in these troubled waters.

8 Comments:

Blogger περαστικός said...

I think that a good guideline is that ink should always be answered with ink, not with blood.

I am against this euphemism for (self-)censorship, "sensitivity", especially when nobody forces one to be exposed to material that they would find objectionable(in what way is someone in Sumatra insulted by something that is printed in a magazine in Denmark any more than by something that I keep in the drawer of my desk at home?). What if Kazantzakis and other great writers and artists were "sensitive" towards people's beliefs? Perhaps all artists and writers should limit themselves to cute, harmless subjects (and they'd better submit them for approval to a multi-religion council). Perhaps the ones who are truly responcible for the situation are the well-doers who tranfer these stories to societies who lack tolerance, education and understanding of the value of freedom of expression.

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Blogger Spi_Der said...

Perastikos,your first and last paragraph serve to explain why the middle ones aren't as clear cut as we would like them to be.
Well said, anyway.

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