The publisher wanted the cover to mimic a mid-century movie poster. Original comps featured vignettes of Chris Matthews, Keith Olbermann and other media-celebs. We were careful to find a flattering photo of the president as the author's contention is that the media is swooning over him. Therefore it was important to give Obama the stature and glow of a classic Hollywood leading man.
... the story behind this quote: "Fans wanted pics with me, wanted to touch me, we posed with our hands cupped to copy the cover," she said. "I feel like I'm part of a movement somehow." The end is near.
... where to track how much time you spend on facebook, blowing your nose, or reading stories about hand models
Seth Godin's latest post has near religious overtones: The Culture of Dissatisfaction. Always wanting more, no one is content. Finding ourselves so unhappy with what we have (or don't have) we look for the quick fix. Of course Godin's context is from a marketing standpoint, but he's hit on something that relates to life in general.
It seems to me that insulation from discontent comes from building a relationship. From real people. Relationships that make us feel counted upon, respected, trusted and valued cut through the ennui of dissatisfaction. We got ourselves into this mess by acting like smart marketers, and as marketers we can get out of it by acting like people.
Proverbs 19:23 says it well: "The fear of the LORD leads to life: Then one rests content, untouched by trouble."