Friday, September 25, 2009

WPRI Posting: Odd Headline, Graphic

The Wisconsin Public Research Institute ran this short, somewhat melancholy essay by George Lightbourn about the state's economy and executive branch - - and two of the layout's elements struck off-notes.

George is a smart guy, but I ask, first of all: what's up with the use of the word "strongman" in the title, as Lightbourn says that's what the state needs for dynamic statehouse leadership.

So women need not apply, or serve?

Then the graphic: a small child with tiny little flexed biceps, in silhouette. So the job is kids' stuff?

Yeah, I know. Literary license and graphic freedom, but I think the display undercuts the thesis.

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