The Year We Were Exposed

Statue of Liberty goes through airport scanner.

The cover of Frank Foer’s last issue as editor of The New Republic:


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  1. Andyman says:

    After all these years she hasn’t let herself go. Admirable.

  2. John Burgess says:

    Did the torch and tablet make it through the X-Ray scan? And how come she’s wearing her diadem during this scan? Do we know what it might conceal?

  3. Jack says:

    Is the “Yikes.” because of the content of the image, or because of the metaphor it represents?

    Personally, I think visual metaphors such as this are necessary to illustrate how authorities such as the TSA think that just because we have purchased a ticket to travel on an airplane we have somehow given up our Fourth Amendment rights (as was stated by a TSA manager in one airport).

    Sometimes you need to be a bit shocking to make people realize the insidious nature of many policies of government agencies.

  4. Generation Yer says:

    Funny how they use the photo that was proven to be a photoshopped version of a naked model.

  5. michael reynolds says:

    My son has a t-shirt with the frontal view. Wore it to my daughter’s recital the other night. I noticed only after we got there.

    Kids. Can’t live with ’em, can’t chase them around with a baseball bat.