Really, TIME magazine? The 'Best'?? Here are 10 more editorial cartoons to consider
Declaring anything the absolute best -- short of da Vinci, Einstein or Derek Jeter -- is a fool's errand and the height of trivial human folly. (And if you disagree vehemently with dubbing the Yankee shortstop the "best" -- well, see? We've proved our point already.)
The latest folly comes courtesy of TIME magazine, which dares to declare its "top" things of the year, in a blatant effort either: (a) to cop an air of unassailable authority; (b) to stir good-natured watercooler chatter; (c) to try to make its lists appear all hottied-up for quickie tweetmeme and digg.com pinging; or (d) to avoid writing more actual stories, what with their pesky transition paragraphs and, um, reporting.
We tease and hector, natch, because by practicing its annual rite of time-passage, even TIME magazine loves the sport and folly of declaring its "Top 10 Editorial Cartoons of 2009."
This time last year, of course, 'Riffs took TIME to task for its "best"-of-2008 picks. Which means that as our own foolish yet sporting now-annual rite, we throw down the gauntlet over their list. And we mean business because truth be told, it is our best gauntlet.
So to get on with the duel of the thing, we offer a challengers' gallery of 2009 cartoons that we believe topples your so-called "top," TIME. Many of these editorial cartoons, in fact, were voted on by armies of discerning and savvy 'Riffs readers. So "en garde!" TIME magazine -- your list spotlights entirely worthy cartoonists -- we are fans of them all -- but try on this democratic "Riffs' Challenger 10" for size. Then, be prepared -- haha -- to acknowledge your folly or (we're pretty lax on this point) slink away in inky shame.
STEVE BREEN (San Diego Union-Tribune):
(courtesy of Steve Breen / the San Diego Union-Tribune)
| December 15, 2009; 12:45 PM ET
Categories: The Political Cartoon, The Rants | Tags: Chip Bok, David Fitzsimmons, David Horsey, J.D. Crowe, Jen Sorensen, Matt Bors, Mike Luckovich, Nate Beeler, Scott Stantis, Steve Breen
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