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A makeshift memorial

This picture was found in the 180th volume of Time from August 6th, 2012.  The picture is of a makeshift memorial in Aurora, Colorado, where 12 people were killed when a shooter entered a premier of The Dark Knight Rises.  Rather than print a picture of the actual death itself, Time chose to use a picture of a memorial.  I argue that this picture has the ability to make a person squeamish, even though it’s not an outright picture of death.  Zelizer (2011) states, “We’re squeamish because news pictures of the dead and dying are of real people and real events.  If a news image works, it penetrates, lingers, forces our attention to the events involving death that it depicts” (para. 12).  I believe that this picture has the power to make us focus on the events of that terrible day, without using graphic pictures of the dead and dying.  Do you think that this picture has power, even though it’s more modest?


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