One of These Kids Is Doing His Own Thing?

Friday, August 8, 2008 - 6:55 am

One of These Kids Is Doing His Own Thing?

Somehow Lauren Collins’ piece in The New Yorker is magically able to connect an unlikely list of characters — a gangbanger, a former president of the United States, producers from teen drama, a Native American peacemaker from colonial days, and a boxing promoter — with Rick Warren and the publicity he’s generated for the upcoming election event at Saddleback Church.
Promotional Pop-up Ad for Presidential Event at Saddleback Church
The author’s characterization of the ad promoting the event may be a tad overstated though — everything from the typefaces to the colors and the backdrop:

Dominating the church’s Web site is a pop-up ad in the style of an old-timey woodcut poster, the type you might see announcing a Willie Nelson stand at the Ryman. McCain and Obama face off in three-quarter profile, as if tuning up for a battle of the bands.

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