Sontag Notes - Sontag Regarding the Pain of Others P7 Shocking photos of violence/war/etc are aimed at a larger audience not just the participants

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Sontag, Regarding the Pain of Others P 7 Shocking photos of violence/war/etc are aimed at a larger audience, not just the participants in a conflict or issue. (In a discussion of Woolf) “The photographs are a means of making “real” (or “more real”) matters that the privileged and the merely safe might prefer to ignore.” P 10 “To the militant, identity is everything. And all photographs wait to be explained or falsified by their captions.” The caption allows appropriation and use in multiple contexts P 13 “Photographs of an atrocity may give rise to opposing responses. A call for peace. A cry for revenge. Or simply the bemused awareness, continually restocked by photographic information, that terrible things happen.” P 13-14 Violence in news is so extensive that it can be overwhelming, at the same time this “should not distract you from asking what pictures, whose cruelties, whose deaths are not being shown.” P 20-21 The first major conflict documented with a camera were the Crimean War and the American Civil War, photos showed the aftermath. The Spanish Civil War was covered up close by the press in its modern incarnation with images of conflict transmitted around the world. Vietnam brought the TV into war…. Her point is that for modern people war is a mediated experience: “The understanding of war among people who have not experienced war is now chiefly a product of the impact of these images.” ***This proves the significance of the Youtube videos b/c its become a marker of mediation regarding Iraq for a large number of people The comments section demonstrates this and warrants study on its own~ P 22
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This note was uploaded on 01/26/2012 for the course SPCH 2050 taught by Professor Walton during the Fall '09 term at Georgia State University, Atlanta.

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Sontag Notes - Sontag Regarding the Pain of Others P7 Shocking photos of violence/war/etc are aimed at a larger audience not just the participants

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