Since 1979, the Wall Street Journal has paid tribute to the wealthy and powerful with a little woodcut-style half-column portrait on its pages. Today, perfection has been attained. Ronald McDonald, the costumed creep who has long terrorized children who only wanted some chicken-feet nuggets and a gun toy, got a WSJ "stipple."
Stipple is a word that means many things to many people. It is a common street drug term, and it serves as a kind of not-quite-illegal codeword when you want a certain sex act from a prostitute. But at the Wall Street Journal, it has always meant one thing and one thing only: A stipple is a vertical portrait thumbnail-sized pixelated black-and-white "hedcut" image that vaguely looks like that one Instagram filter.