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Monday, July 21, 2021

Perhaps because green is my favorite color, I associate it with good luck and general good feelings. But then, I’m not Barack Obama, and I don’t have to worry about false symbolism during a Middle East swing through Jordan and Israel:

“A ban on wearing green seems bizarre,” said Richard Bulliet, a professor of Middle Eastern history at Columbia University, who said the color is associated with the family of the Prophet Mohammed.

“I would hazard the guess that the campaign’s concern is more with distorted—and religiously inaccurate—reporting by Obama’s detractors than with any actual signal that might be conveyed,” he said, referring to false rumors that Obama is a Muslim. “You don’t want to have some blogger come along and say ‘Obama is showing his true color.’”

“I think they’re just being overcautious to a ridiculous degree,” Bulliet said.

It’s overly cautious to the extent that crackpot detractors don’t need actual photographic images for their smear campaigns. But it’s still probably prudent, in the sense of avoiding a self-inflicted emerald bullseye.

I do wonder what shade Obama, as either candidate or elected official, would wear on a visit to Ireland.

by Costa Tsiokos, Mon 07/21/2008 11:09:37 PM
Category: Fashion, Politics
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I’d advise you to be on the lookout for the September 2008 75th anniversary issue of Esquire, but no need. Because it sounds like it’ll be hard to miss, what with the electronic-ink cover flashing “the 21st Century Begins Now” on it:

Esquire has exclusive use of E Ink’s technology for use in print through 2009, and Mr. Granger said he hopes to come up with new ideas for it. “This is probably just a limited view of its use,” he said.

The electronic cover will be used in only 100,000 copies that go to newsstands — its overall circulation is about 720,000.

What Esquire is doing harks back to a big splash National Geographic made in 1984 when it introduced holography to the mass market by placing a hologram of an eagle on its cover.

The curiosity factor alone will have me scooping up a copy. I’ll also keep a lookout for the mass-blinking newsstands.

by Costa Tsiokos, Mon 07/21/2008 10:53:47 PM
Category: Publishing, Tech
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