Okay, we're now pretty sure
Yasser Arafat is dead.
Or maybe not. He's been playing Schrodinger's Cat too long now. Either way, check out CNN's front page
right now. In the immortal words of Dr. Nick, What the hell is that?
Um. Does CNN have a generic template for all high-profile obituary graphics, one that they perhaps think would look equally dignified with cancer-suffering statesmen and OD'ing popstars alike? That's the only excuse I can think of for this mess. I mean, Spencerian
script on a muted background is perhaps the last graphical style that could be associated with a Palestinian leader. This is mildly inappropriate at best and overly revealing of CNN's biases at worst.
(There's a style that's far more appropriate
than subdued brown tones with elegant script, but I digress.)