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September 8, 2008

About the Hindsight Blog

We want to hear from you! The Weisman Art Museum invites you to take part in discussions about art and politics, democracy and citizenship, rhetoric and realities, the speechifying of politicians and the free speech of the people, and the role of media in shaping information and perceptions. These are just some of the ideas and issues swirling in our lives, conversations, arts, media, and nation this election season. There is much to discuss— and much at stake—for an informed American citizenry. Let's use this blog as a public space for lively discussions and expressions of varied viewpoints. We welcome your ideas and opinions.

In the Weisman exhibition "Hindsight is Always 20/20," artist R. Luke DuBois wittily portrays in word charts the ways that American presidents—from George Washington to George W. Bush—have used specific words and rhetorical devices to sway and persuade Congress and the American public. Today this is more the case than ever before, with many streams of media from broadcast to online sources instantly relaying politicians' speeches to audiences at home and abroad on a 24/7 basis.

Along with the Weisman’s Hindsight exhibition and related programs providing forums for discussion with artists and scholars, we also invite you to participate in a conversation with us and our guest bloggers. All connected to the University of Minnesota as faculty, staff, and students, our guest bloggers take varied perspectives on ideas about power, democracy, art, and media. Let the blogging begin!

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