Not just lines | Letters to the Editor | Indy Week
Pin It

Not just lines 

V.C. Rogers' assertion that his cartoons are "just lines" and "not blasphemous or indecent or anything else unless you want [them] to be" (Peripheral Visions, Feb. 8) is disingenuous at best. We do not live in a deconstructionist society: Pictures, words and actions do have meaning. If Mr. Rogers does not create his cartoons with intent for a shared understanding of their meaning--if they are indeed "just lines"--why does he bother drawing weekly political cartoons? (For that matter, why bother publishing a newspaper? Are the letters forming the words on these pages "just lines" as well?)

If my son drew a picture of a fist with its middle finger raised for his grandparents, would I praise his work as a lovely configuration of "just lines"? Of course not. I want my son to learn that he is responsible for his actions--drawings, words and physical actions all--for the intent and meaning that they have, and for the effect they have on other people. That is, I want him to have integrity.

Should Mr. Rogers and my son be able to draw, write or publish whatever they want? Yes. But in a civil society, freedom comes with responsibility. We must carefully consider the meaning of our words and actions, and we must be accountable for their effect on others, be they Muslim, atheist or Quaker like me.

Jen Wichman

Durham

Mardi Gras on the Eno

We in Hillsborough agree that this year, more than ever, people should come together to celebrate the rich southern-Louisiana mix of music, food and camaraderie ("Throw us something, America," Feb. 8). On Feb. 24, we'll have our inaugural Mardi Gras festival.

john delconte

hillsborough arts council

Comments

Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

INDY Week publishes all kinds of comments, but we don't publish everything.

  • Comments that are not contributing to the conversation will be removed.
  • Comments that include ad hominem attacks will also be removed.
  • Please do not copy and paste the full text of a press release.

Permitted HTML:
  • To create paragraphs in your comment, type <p> at the start of a paragraph and </p> at the end of each paragraph.
  • To create bold text, type <b>bolded text</b> (please note the closing tag, </b>).
  • To create italicized text, type <i>italicized text</i> (please note the closing tag, </i>).
  • Proper web addresses will automatically become links.

Latest in Letters to the Editor



Twitter Activity

Comments

Indy writes hit piece on a small business. Small business fails to launch. Indy acts like theyre 12 and throws …

by eldergawd on It’s Our Fault The Lakewood and Baby Scratch Closed (And Other Things Our Readers Told Us) (Letters to the Editor)

In the end, I guess the joke's on me. Victoria Bouloubasis was so much a part of the Durham community …

by David Hewitt 1 on It’s Our Fault The Lakewood and Baby Scratch Closed (And Other Things Our Readers Told Us) (Letters to the Editor)

Most Read

Most Recent Comments

Indy writes hit piece on a small business. Small business fails to launch. Indy acts like theyre 12 and throws …

by eldergawd on It’s Our Fault The Lakewood and Baby Scratch Closed (And Other Things Our Readers Told Us) (Letters to the Editor)

In the end, I guess the joke's on me. Victoria Bouloubasis was so much a part of the Durham community …

by David Hewitt 1 on It’s Our Fault The Lakewood and Baby Scratch Closed (And Other Things Our Readers Told Us) (Letters to the Editor)

Of course, Victoria Bouloubasis did not single-handedly bring about the closing of The Lakewood in a year's time. Her rant …

by David Hewitt 1 on It’s Our Fault The Lakewood and Baby Scratch Closed (And Other Things Our Readers Told Us) (Letters to the Editor)

Andrew Magowan, that's why we clarified the headline. But headlines in print and online are always different because they work …

by Brian Howe, INDY managing editor for arts & culture on It’s Our Fault The Lakewood and Baby Scratch Closed (And Other Things Our Readers Told Us) (Letters to the Editor)

The crime in that area, please? Won't anyone address that factor? I doubt it. …

by Barbara 2 on It’s Our Fault The Lakewood and Baby Scratch Closed (And Other Things Our Readers Told Us) (Letters to the Editor)

© 2018 Indy Week • 320 E. Chapel Hill St., Suite 200, Durham, NC 27701 • phone 919-286-1972 • fax 919-286-4274
RSS Feeds | Powered by Foundation