George Lois: Be a Cultural Provocateur

January 12, 2015 8:42 PM

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In cities across France yesterday, millions of people marched against terror. They held up pens and pencils, flags of different nations, giant posters that together created the thoughtful eyes of the slain cartoonists of Charlie Hebdo. Freedom is a universal longing, and freedom of press, freedom of information are the strongest weapons--not tanks and nuclear bombs--against terrorism and oppression.

The irreverent weekly's covers could clearly cross the line. It is highly recommended that you view them with the help of a French speaker who has followed the news in France for years. Taken out of context, some covers are cringe-inducing. For instance, the image of a naked woman running with a vei...

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