Now look here. Politicians get caricatured. There’s a long and glorious tradition of caricaturing politicians. Right? Right.
Therefore, bloggers should get caricatured too. It’s the same thing, after all – being a politician and being a blogger.
Or is it?
No, actually. It’s not. Being a blogger isn’t the same as being a politician.
Frankly it wouldn’t occur to me to caricature a blogger. It wouldn’t occur to me to caricature anyone (even a pol, actually) because it sails way too close to plain old meanness. It would feel awful, for that reason – it would be like pinching a smiling baby or kicking a friendly dog. It makes me flinch just to imagine doing it.
That’s not to say I have any delusion that I’m a super-nice person. I can get very pissy when exasperated. But sit down in cold blood to caricature an ordinary private person? That pissy I’m not.
I think saying “wull politicians” is complete bullshit.
One of the nameless people commenting on Michael Nugent’s blog – nym “Cian” – is a bullshitter of that stripe.
Regarding this issue of “”harassment”” through cartoons of public bloggers like PZ Myers and Benson, by the same token do you think cartoons of politicians ( who are “real people” too, whether you like them or not ) mocking and satirizing their work should not be done?
Please. I’m not Obama, I’m not Romney, I’m not even a North Dakota rep who voted to pass a fetal personhood bill.
And caricatures don’t mock and satirize the work, they mock and satirize the person, including the person’s face.
My face in the Peezus and O “cartoons” is not my face; the photo was doctored.
The doctored version.