I’m beginning to think that the idea of comparing a magazine cover to an event in history may be a bit tricky. For one, the magazine cover generally (at first look) have nothing to do with any really significant things happening [for example, Barrack Obama’s most significant cover was a person of the year.. year being a very long time to analyse influences it might have had].
Also, in 89 years there are 1068 months and, with 2 issues a month, 2136 issues to analyse.. Tall order.
A way around this is to perhaps analyse a few issues of the same time frame of significant moments in American history. For example:
- Significant Event One– WW II ended in 1945
- A random selection of issues from throughout the year
- Man of the Year- Harry S. Truman, President leading America out of the war.
Walter Reuther- An engineer, pioneering unions holding Americans together after the war.
- Significant Event Two- Walked on Moon
- Another random selection of issues from throughout the year
- Two covers, one with the build up to the launch and another celebrating man’s achievements.
(LEFT: 1945, RIGHT: 1969)
I can tell that, by doing just looking into 2 years/events, that Time Magazine likes to celebrate man’s (more specifically, American’s) achievements.
Not only that, I can see an immediate contrast between the two years. ’45 has a very ordered, almost safe, layout. Whereas, in ’69, at the peak of technological advances, at a time where anything was possible, the magazine seems to take a much more free, excited and unconventional approach to their covers.
This observation has given me the answer to how I will approach my essay.
[Significant moment in American History > Look at some Covers > Break them Up and Analyse them Physically and, alongside that, Socially]
Essay Title: Social Binds in Media