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SidneyCarton Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-05-08 10:04 AM
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Ted Rall is a Malcontent.
Discuss.
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islandmkl Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-05-08 10:05 AM
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1. seems contented enough to me...
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SteppingRazor Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-05-08 10:07 AM
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2. Ted Rall's work is certainly somewhat misanthropic, but...
Ted Rall's actually a pretty nice guy.
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SidneyCarton Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-05-08 10:40 AM
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6. Good to know.
His bread and butter is raising Cain through his cartoons, so his recent strips are not surprising. I don't doubt that Garry Tredeau will soon jump on the band wagon.
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nxylas Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-05-08 10:10 AM
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3. Yes, and a good thing too
Most political cartoonists are so boring and intellectually stifled that the world is a better place for having the occasional bomb-thrower like Rall around.
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SidneyCarton Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-05-08 10:41 AM
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7. Fair Enough.
There is bomb throwing and there is indiscriminate playing with explosives, I wonder some times if Rall has difficulty telling the difference.
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nichomachus Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-05-08 10:10 AM
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4. Yes, truth tellers often are
in the world of non-stop propaganda from both sides of the political aisle.

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SidneyCarton Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-05-08 10:43 AM
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8. Truth telling or poo-flinging?
Rall makes his money from controversy, which he does very well, but just because it's controversial, shocking or unsettling doesn't necessarily make it true.
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Bucky Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-05-08 10:13 AM
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5. I think he's very talented, but directs most of his talent toward complaining
His thinking is a little oversimplistic at times, but I agree with him more than I disagree.

I seem to recall thinking at times in the past that he too easily buys into oversimplifications to the tune of "America is a racist country" and "all cops are racist nazis" without bothering to seek nuance. For those of us who value truth over being on the progressive side of every issue, it can be a little annoying.

But, again, I like most of his work and appreciate his style even when I disagree.
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SidneyCarton Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-05-08 10:45 AM
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9. In fairness to Mr. Rall
He is somewhat limited by his media. Cartoonists convey controversy and polemical arguments well, but nuance is difficult, if not impossible in a single frame.
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zulchzulu Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-05-08 11:06 AM
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10. My hats off to him for being a syndicated political cartoonist...
... who can't even get close to the master, Mike Luckovich.

http://www.creators.com/editorialcartoons/mike-luckovic...


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SidneyCarton Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-05-08 11:12 AM
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11. Luckovich is very good, I enjoy his work.
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Shiver Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-05-08 11:17 AM
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12. Malcontent or not
His artwork sucks.
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SidneyCarton Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-05-08 11:25 AM
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13. A question of aesthetics.
I don't care for his drawing either, but that said, it's better than mine.
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Shiver Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-05-08 11:30 AM
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14. Admittedly, it is a question of aethetics
But my drawing is far better than his, although I have a sneaky suspicion he makes it look so damn ugly on purpose...
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HiFructosePronSyrup Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-05-08 12:19 PM
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15. God bless him for it.
That's exactly what a political cartoonist should be.
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SidneyCarton Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-05-08 01:32 PM
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17. I don't disagree, it's how he makes his money, if he were content, he'd have nothing to draw.
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Sebastian Doyle Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-05-08 12:21 PM
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16. Anyone who is "content" with the way things are in this country the last 28 years
Is either delusional, or a criminal.
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SidneyCarton Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-05-08 01:34 PM
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18. sure.
But there is a difference between a starving dog and a rabid one. A starving dog fights to find food. A rabid one attacks both those who abuse them and those trying to help. Some of Rall's latest strips have made me wonder if he doesn't just put anyone in power into a third-world military dictatorship uniform and accuse them of being warmongering fascist monsters.
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