Political Assassination Map Is Disturbing

Is this a frightening parody? A warning that consequences matter? Something else? What I know is that it’s the cover for the latest issue of The Stranger, the Seattle weekly alternative newspaper, designed by Dan Savage and Aaron Huffman.

It’s obviously a reference to Sarah Palin’s controversial map, but what’s the message here? It seems that the red coloring indicates a successful assassination attempt, and white means failed. So is the message just that political rhetoric is silly? That words can have real world consequences? That John Hinckley was a loser, and Jodie Foster could only love a man like Lee Harvey Oswald? Or something else?

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