I've been thinking about our gleeful surrender of privacy as a society, for some time now. My parents' generation coveted their privacy and warned about intrusions. Now with social media, there is this expectation to broadcast our every moment, whether real or mythologized. Drones add a new dimension of spying and data collection to the fray. It's easy to slip into paranoia. So when the assignment for the new issue of The Baffler landed, it was an opportunity to gather these thoughts (and phobias) into a single image. Thanks to Patrick Flynn for the complete trust he defers to all the artists he works with.
Je Suis Charlie
We all awoke to the devastating news today that our French comrades in art were slaughtered by the killers of a twisted ideology. Rest in peace to those who made us laugh while exposing the unsettling truth. When I am moved to tears, it is quickly followed by a reactionary burst of creativity. This image is the visceral response. I emailed it to the first art director on my list and as a result will be on tomorrow's WSJ editorial page.