Thursday, November 12, 2015

A controversy full of beans

A plain, solid red Starbucks coffee cup as a veiled political statement?  Maybe it's simply a corporate printing cost-cutting measure?  Maybe it's a wink to China's Communist red?  This dynamic reminds me of surrealist painter Rene Magritte's The Treachery of Images.  This work clearly shows a smoker's pipe despite the fact that the artist wrote in neat French cursive beneath it: “This is not a pipe.”  Both above instances examples of mind-bending perception.  Real head-scratchers: Rorschach tests to ponder while sipping that $4 cup of morning Joe.

In today's hypersensitive society, it seems any minutia—even the absence of a snowflake pattern on a beverage receptacle—inexplicably rises to the level of a newspaper-reported “controversy?”  Even Freud acknowledged that sometimes “a cigar is just a cigar” and moved on.  The Washington Post should drink up and follow suit.

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