obama & the big picture
today history was made. barack obama became the 44th president of the united states of america.
while i sense that a blanket of shimmering hope has fallen over america and the rest of the world by proxy, i can’t help but also feel a sense of unease.
what happened today is the culmination of a season of revolution. you could even say that it was a long time coming. race, the “last great barrier”, was torn to the ground – not unlike the berlin wall in another well-known act of revolution.
but revolution brings with it its own peculiar set of side effects. we have all heard that change is the only constant and that is true beyond doubt. what is also true is that people are generally resistant to change in thier lives, having to adapt to and deal with the upheavals.
today over lunch i chatted with weili, a good friend with an acerbic wit (check out his blog), about what this all meant. we just heard the news that obama had won, claiming way more than the 270 electoral votes he needed to secure victory.
c: man today he made history. hundreds of years from now, we will all be insignificant but he will not. he will be a legend.
w: yeah man. but i tell you, he will be more of a legend if he gets killed. he’s too charismatic [starts listing all the FKs who got killed for championing racial equality]. he will be… a rock star man.
c: yeah, like kurt cobain. the stuff of myths…
then it was some inane chatter as we finished the rest of our canteen 1 ‘best porridge’ with raw egg. but in essence that is the worry, and an almost undeniable inevitability – that even charismatic, populist characters who rise from revolutions often come to sticky ends, for their enemies are all the more dangerous because they perceive themselves to be the minority in the midst of the dominant opinion.
so much for obama, i wish him well and hope that he truly is the real deal. with all the lines he lifted from ‘the founding fathers’ and martin luther king, he has a lot to live up to.
the second part of this post concerns ‘the big picture‘. it literally is what it sounds like.
‘the big picture’ breaks the mould of presenting photojournalism. unlike the pint-size pictures that you find in the galleries of afp, reuters and the new york times (and on this blog due to practical reasons, haha), ‘the big picture’, which is part of the boston globe, features photo stories with huge images (by my estimate about 800-1000 pixels on the long side).
this is clearly an affront to conventional wisdom that one should not upload large images online due to the inability to control their distribution and usage. sure, anti-copyright infringement technology is improving but the risks still cannot be discounted.
but hey, a big picture is really more beautiful than a squint-inducing one. click here to be blown away.
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