It is sometimes difficult to come up with new things to post about when my past themes provide so much material also.
Back in September, I wrote about the differences between the covers of TIME magazine that Americans see and what citizens in the rest of the world see.
Last week saw yet another wonderful example of my previous thesis that the editors of TIME “think the State-side readers are morons.” I can only again surmise that the powers that be at TIME who decide what graces the cover of that magazine think that Americans are not interested in the world at large and only care about what happens in their land between the “sea to shining sea.”
Last week, the covers that appeared on the magazine that people in Asia, Africa, Europe, and the South Pacific could see looked like this…
The cover shows the aftermath of the central square (called the Maidan) in Kiev, Ukraine, after the president of that country, Viktor Yanukovych, fled. This flight was due in part to the mass of protesters who had camped in the Maidan demanded a more pro-Western lean to the country. Yanukovych titled towards Russia and so there was conflict.
The popular uprising of a European country on the doorstep of Russia that includes the overthrow of its elected President is (and rightfully so) big news. The cover of TIME even admits that the drama is not yet over.
So do what those living in Los Angeles, Miami, and New York City see on their covers of TIME? This…
They see a cover about an event that happened in October of 2013. Granted, Stephen Brill’s article about how a group of people rescued the technical failure that was heathcare.gov (the on-line portal that allowed people to sign up for President Obama’s signature legislation, the Affordable Care Act) is a wonderful read, but it’s an event that happened a full five months ago.
To sum up, international readers of TIME see what is happening now in the larger world and which poses questions about the future.
State-side readers of TIME see themselves…in the past.
I have a feeling this trend of TIME will only continue.
As a final thought, I’m glad to see that I’m not the only one who sees this habit from TIME.