In a modern media landscape defined by instant gratification and an ever-expanding penchant for social networking, the average attention span can be prolonged little longer than the time it takes to swipe a finger or tap-tap gorilla glass. Journalism has been forced to adapt – with, of course, the expected level of doomspeak and gnashed teeth.
In its desperation to modernize and combat declining subscriptions and crashing line graph profit trends, most of our media has devolved into alarmist entertainment catering to ever more tribalized audiences who themselves reflect the entrenched and often militant partisanship of the American political system. In all of this chaos, editorial cartoons are ideally placed to redeem journalism and reaffirm Finley Peter Dunne’s charge to “comfort the afflicted, afflict the comfortable.”
What better way to reach audiences with brief attentions spans, thumbs cemented to cell phones, and a predilection for satire than a well constructed political cartoon?
Weakly Political is just that. Political cartoons – which may be a bit weak. Don’t worry though, they’re under 140 characters and an easy click and scroll away from baby pictures and cat memes.
Who’s the idiot with the pen?
Payton Høegh. He briefly served as an intern correspondent in Washington D.C with conservative, “media watchdog” CNSNews. To his great shame, some of his pieces briefly featured on Drudge Report. His interview recordings may or may not have been used in litigation. While covering Ann Coulter’s address during the 2008 Conservative Political Action Conference, his editor decided to bury the lead of his article – Coulter’s despicable use of a homophobic slur in reference to John Edwards. These experiences and the unpleasant privilege of reading anonymous internet comments on his own work allowed him to recognize the power and politics of the media.
After abandoning traditional print journalism, he served with the Americorps, led art instruction at a school for youth with special needs, and works as a Digital Media and Communications Manager for multiple non-profits.