wag the dog

November 24, 2008

tailwaggin_color2

THE TAIL WAGGING THE DOG

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Any case where something of greater significance is driven by something lesser.

Wikipedia says:

“…is taken from the joke: “Why does a dog wag its tail? Because a dog is smarter than its tail. If the tail was smarter, the tail would wag the dog.” Interpretations differ as to the meaning of this metaphor. Some suggest the dog is public opinion, and the tail represents the media; the dog is the media, and the tail is political campaigns; or the dog is the people, and the tail is the government…”

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While perusing the opinion section of the newspaper, news site, or any of the plethora of political blogs out there on the innerwebs, you will often see the term “Wagging the Dog” being bandied about. It aptly describes any number of political, economic and social situations going on currently and, I suppose, in the past as well.

It’s no secret that the U.S. (and the world) is in the midst of one historical, whopper of a economic crisis. However, because of this and so many other issues of grave concern in my country, it seems to me that recently, more and more of “the dog” (we the people) are becoming increasingly aware and active politically. We’re paying attention, speaking up, writing our representatives, consuming more wisely and some even starting grass roots movements. I feel, if more of us jump on that bandwagon and if we continue in this vein, we may just curtail our “tail” (the government) from wagging us and get it back on our butts where it belongs, serving us… and, of course, eventually as an indicator of how content we are. Like a good tail should.

Of course, this is just my humble opinion.

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Illustration Friday theme “Opinion.”

I posted this sketch about a year ago. Seemed great for the theme, so I colorized it in Photoshop and threw it back in the ring, along with an opinion.

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28 Responses to “wag the dog”

  1. Jess Says:

    I love the colour combo. Great expression on his face too! He looks as though he hasn’t a clue what’s happening!

  2. theartofpuro Says:

    Funny and wonderful idea,it remember me my dog

    Just wanted to let you know I tagged you over at my blog

  3. studio lolo Says:

    Emma is FREAKED OUT by the howling I’m doing right now!!
    I’m SO killed by this dog, and I know YOU know what my favorite detail is ;D (wink wink) Yes, I am disturbed!
    Great commentary too, my friend. Bravo!

  4. Tomas Says:

    Fantastic drawing.

  5. Dinesh Babu Says:

    That is a nice sketch for “Wag the dog”!

  6. Eric Barclay Says:

    Excellent. I love that you have the courage to draw the, er, ‘exit’ so to speak… I just can’t bring myself to go that far. Great commentary too.

  7. Susan Says:

    I like the way the dog’s body is also the body of a twister/tornado, are you by any chance a Robot Chicken Fan? I think people are somewhat unwillingly more awake than they have been at the moment.


  8. There’s going to be a lot of slobber on the walls of that room!! Poor dizzy dog!

    You tell em chica!!!

  9. eugenia gina Says:

    truly say,all those opinion confusing me, I just hope that the crisis will end soon, and all the newspaper headline will change into, umm.. what do you think? The biggest pizza making breaking the Guinness world record maybe.. heehehe, well this is just my opinion ^_^

  10. Katie Says:

    I love this dog illustration. It’s so creative and clever. Unbelievable humorous as well. Of course, a great illustration in every way.


  11. Amen to that! Let’s all stop getting wagged.

    What a great drawing! Poor little guy. He’s going to have one massive headache.


  12. I just love the way you sketch.

  13. pamutmamut Says:

    My opinion is that this is funny and very very well done 🙂 I love dogs 🙂 Thanks.

  14. Faruffa Says:

    Great lesson in this wonderful illo in pure Linda style that I love so much :o)

  15. Jennifer Says:

    Yep– I agree! Great pup, too. 🙂


  16. Thanks for this giggling drawing, it’s lifted my spirit, 🙂

  17. VisualKaos Says:

    Beautious! To that I would add one of my favorite quotes.
    “The Constitution is not an instrument for the government to restrain the people, it is an instrument for the people to restrain the government — lest it come to dominate our lives and interests.”
    — Patrick Henry


  18. This is just simply priceless indeed. Very smart. Even brilliant I would say. I adore the look on his little face. He like, ” What the heck?….” he he he he

  19. emily Says:

    Strange how something so in its core disturbing can be depicted by something so cute!
    Oh and its funny how many comments there are about his anus. (humm… hope that isn’t too vulgar!)

  20. snowee Says:

    Incredible precision on all levels. You rock! No one does illo fannies better!

  21. artseafartsea Says:

    Great illo and opinion. You managed to sneak that in in a funny way. Very clever. Oh and Visualkaos: Like your comment and quote. Amen!

  22. Mary Says:

    Very funny drawing and well stated opinion! I know I’m tired of being wagged by the tail.

  23. Rick Says:

    Very good – somebody had to draw it. I only wish I had thought it.

  24. yoon see Says:

    Indeed interesting-just loving its cute action:)


  25. hee. hee….!! Too funny, look at his face! I love how you managed to make the “ghost” image while he is moving. Wonderful work my friend :o)

  26. soulbrush Says:

    roflol, this is hilarious…i thought the dog wagged the tail just because he could!

  27. erin Says:

    Our new dog’s tail has total control of his body, he looks just like your illustration, out of control! Wow I never thought he would be a metaphor for our country, this does give me pause (paws).


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