Saturday, October 27, 2012
The Party's Over
Sophie told me that she wasn't sure at first what attitude the announcer had. Was he sarcastic? Serious? In this cartoon, I was imagining what a real radio announcer would think of a news item like that in 1952. The '50s mainstream called religious fundamentalists "bible thumpers" and pictured them as ignorant, southern trailer trash listening to radio evangelists who preached with a hate-filled oratory. Not a nice assessment, of course, but far from the political power they've become in the 21st century.
Apocalypse at that time was associated with nuclear annihilation and was much feared. Now, a majority of Americans anticipate some kind of world-destroying scenario, with polls showing up to 50% of us expecting an imminent apocalypse.