Similar to other posts, this cartoon depicts the 21st century or modern day Lady Liberty–figuratively of course. Yes she stands tall, yes she’s green, and yes she holds something in each hand. But in the same fashion as last week’s post, the modern day American is oblivious to the past, the history, and the evolution of the world we live in today.
Last week we talked a lot more about The American Dream and how that is dependent on the beholder themselves, but in terms of freedom and liberty that is the complete opposite. The Statue of Liberty is an icon and emblem of our entire nation–316.1 million people– which is in theory governed and regulated by less than 1% of that total population. If we live in a democracy, by the people for the people, why is it that it’s so underrepresented. For obvious reasons– too many people with power would result in complete and utter chaos. But if we’re regulated and governed, why is it that the rest of the world depicts our nation as oblivious? This cartoon vividly shows that Lady Liberty is no longer about the torch and tabula ansata, but the iPod and the headset. The image she gives off is no longer a rags to riches story, but the riches to richer story–and not the good kind.