March 20, 2009

On Deck, There!


A few weeks back I noted the apparent lack of basic seamanship displayed in the cover art of a Starbucks CD.

Apparently, this lubberly trend is catching on, as demonstrated in the cover of this month's Washington Lawyer, the rag of the Dee Cee Bar. (Sorry about the poor image but it is the best I can do.)

I suppose I understand what the artist was trying to get across. But you will note that in this rendition of the traditional Ship of State metaphor, there is neither helmsman nor tiller. Instead, the boat is utterly at the mercy of whatever wind - from whatever directions - happens to be filling its sail. Not a very comforting idea with that lee shore looming up off the port bow.

"Charting a new course?" I don't think so.

I assume the artist did not mean to take a subtle dig at the new Administration, but......

Posted by Robert at March 20, 2009 03:23 PM | TrackBack

I actually think the view of ship of state, with no helmsman (and no tiller) cruising into dangerous waters is an apt metaphor these days. But that's me.

Posted by: Zendo Deb at March 20, 2009 04:59 PM