Thursday, February 23, 2017
Hello there, TRAPPIST-1, you sexy little cluster of potential habitat expansion, you. Of course, this drawing is hardly pure aspiration; it describes two things we want but don't have, and one thing we have but don't want. Such is the state of the planet we actually occupy. It's 2017, and we're electing leaders as dumb and morally bankrupt as Trump, and it no longer seems like a sure bet that science can keep ahead of our penchant for destructive self interest long enough so that we might one day live on worlds other than Earth.
Wednesday, February 22, 2017
Immigration-related fun facts in today's paper:
1. ICE agents like to pose as local police to better trap people or extract information from them.
2. Twenty three countries don't accept deportations from the U.S.
So yes, immigration. The issue where the more you know about it, the more you don't understand it.
Switching gears, what are the chances we'll see mention of the TRAPPIST-1 system on tomorrow's front page?
Tuesday, February 21, 2017
Monday, February 20, 2017
Happy President's Day, everybody! I got you all, um, a dog in cowboy attire for the occasion. The front page got you a whole bunch of stories about really complex issues, like sanctuary cities and Mosul and the impending closure of the Navajo Generating Plant in Page, Arizona. I won't try to throw together a cheap summary of these pieces here, because that defeats the purpose of journalism---you know, the occupation frequently and loudly derided by our current president, who himself doesn't read much of anything. Sigh.
Sunday, February 19, 2017
To balance out our dive into hyperlocal journalism yesterday, today we're bringing in USA Today as our second guest paper for this project. This paper is all san serif, and bright colors, and a giant blue dot in the masthead (that dot was a globe in an earlier incarnation, which makes way more sense than a giant blue dot), and dealing with the nation as a whole, y'all. Today's drawing comes from the weekend edition, wherein they cram the end of the working week's news into an edition that remains on news stands all weekend. Which is just weird as a concept these days, when news is dished out to you minute by minute, 24/7. But I get it as a thing; if you want a quick scan of the week's big stories, the weekend edition is a reasonable and informative option. And it probably keeps you from losing your fucking mind by checking feeds on your phone every 5-8 minutes of the working day. So, you know, its an option to explore.
Saturday, February 18, 2017
We'd like to extend a big mixed media daily welcome to The Desert Sun, our very first guest paper! The Desert Sun has been serving the Coachella Valley since 1927. They have a great masthead font, and they can tell you a thing or two about the corruption in the Palm Springs mayor's office during Steve Pougnet's tenure. The Pougnet story is literally the entire front page. That and a blurb about high school soccer. In other words, this is very local news. Big news, to be sure---mayors accepting cash for favors is some serious shit---but it reframes issues our national anxiety in more relatable, less scary terms (kleptocrats, they're just like us!). Which is totally refreshing after enduring weeks of dismal reports about our democracy's transformation into a fascist nightmare freakshow. Of course, the other big difference is that Mayor Steve got caught. The larger body politic is still waiting for that big story to break.