According to a recent post from the Tumblr staff, I’m now going to start seeing ads mixed in with posts from blogs I follow on my Tumblr Dashboard.
The above is a quick screen capture of the first one I saw; it’s an ad about some cartoon I’ve never heard of. And, unlike the picture I took of it, the actual ad moved so you could see the snake yelling and the guy stomping around. And — get this! — the show’s going to be back with an all-new episode on Saturday morning on Nickelodeon!
I don’t mind that Tumblr is selling ad space on the Dashboard. Good for those enterprising young folks! But guess how long it took me to scroll past it, decide to write a blog post making fun of it, and then put it out of my mind? Thanks to the simple beauty of Tumblr, approximately five seconds.
I’m not saying ads won’t work or that Tumblr can’t make itself profitable this way. I’m saying I have a special ability not to care about ads.
We all saw it … so I guess Nickelodeon got its money’s worth. But I have the sense that very few of us are suddenly going to watch this cartoon. So maybe Nickelodeon didn’t.
Or maybe I don’t understand how advertising is supposed to work. And yet I’ve seen every episode of “Mad Men” so that’s probably not it.
European Jewish Congress President Dr. Moshe Kantor called for an apology Sunday from Britain’s Sunday Times, which published a cartoon of Israel’s Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu building a wall on the bodies of Arabs. The cartoon, which appears on International Holocaust Remembrance Day, depicts the blood of the Arabs as cement.
Many observers found the cartoon reminiscent of blood libels against Jews, and noted a similarity to anti-Semitic cartoons published by Nazi newspaper Der Stürmer in the leadup to the Holocaust.
In case you think someone might be stretching the comparison and seeing anti-Semitism where none exists, here’s a blood libel cartoon from Der Stürmer:
The simple truth is this:
When people are overtly anti-Semitic in their attempts to criticize the Israeli government, it gets more difficult for those of who aren’t anti-Semites to do so.
In other words, rather than successfully making public a critique of the Netanyahu government, disgusting cartoons like this one can actually have a chilling effect on other critics of the Israeli government.
It’s very easy to make compelling arguments against the right-wing government of Benjamin Netanyahu without even the slightest whiff of anti-Semitism … which is why a cartoon like this makes clear that some critics of Israel’s government just hate Jews in general.
Hooray for Zeno’s Paradoxes … though, of course, I would have preferred Achilles and the tortoise:
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A helpful reminder of the thanks we owe to the Second Amendment for our track record of successfully overthrowing our democratrically-elected tyrants, from Tom Toles.
It’s Life Day, Charlie Brown!
This print by uncalar is a thing I might very well buy today.
Benjamin Netanyahu, renowned Israeli prop comic and prime minister, visits United Nations, inspires internet memes … as well as jealousy from rival prop comics, Carrot Top and Gallagher, and rival chart-wielding politician Ross Perot.