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  1.   dabramovon 14 Feb 2011 at 5:08 pm

    “A picture is worth a thousand words.” This famous quote, in my opinion, speaks the truth. When looking at a picture in great detail, people can make a lot of assumptions on what the picture is representing. The caricature of Mayor Bloomberg in “The New Yorker,”for example, shows Bloomberg with his Valentine’s Day “date,” however the date is himself. In the picture, he is sitting at a vanity and staring at himself in the mirror. There are hearts all around him, a blush forming on his cheeks, and a big smile on his face. Overall, the caricature is portraying Mayor Bloomberg as a selfish and conceited man who is in love with himself. What makes this assumption even clearer would be the box of heart shaped chocolates lying next to Bloomberg on the table being addressed “To Me.” In my opinion, it seems as if this picture is trying to say that Bloomberg, although he is the mayor, is vain and selfish and the only needs and matters he cares about are his own. Since this issue of “The New Yorker” was issued on February 7, 2011, this took place after the blizzard that has struck New York. During that time, people were frustrated about the streets not being clean and their cars being stuck because snow plows did not come into their areas for days . Most of these people were angry at Bloomberg because of this fact. Therefore, the selfishness and egoism being shown in this caricature probably arose from this matter, based on my perspective of my family and friends who were some of the people whose streets were not plowed.

  2.   bmargolin100on 07 Mar 2011 at 5:31 pm

    I found the Bloomberg picture from The New Yorker to be quite humorous. It’s dated 2/7 but it has a Valentines Day theme. He seems to be admiring himself in a heart shaped mirror, with hearts over Bloomberg’s head. This picture is obviously making fun of how much Bloomberg loves himself. As I looked at the picture a second time, I noticed the bottle on ice, glass of champagne, and a box of valentines day chocolates with a tag that says: to me. It appears that he is on a romantic date with himself while he stares at himself in the mirror.

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