The Real Story
Jack Shafer’s article, “Deadly Images: A Q&A with Barbie Zelizer, author of About to Die: How NewsImages Move the Public” brings up interesting arguments related to the way images and the media portray death. The article discusses the invasion of privacy that pictures of dying or dead people cause. Most interesting is the truth resulting from amateur photographers photos via multimedia devices compared to the stories told by actual photographers and journalists. An example mentioned in the article is of Saddam Hussein’s hanging in 2006. While journalists depicted the event to be of a “sedate and respectful affair”, amateur videos emerged showing it to be “charged and angry”. Although the amateurs videos can be more gruesome or intrusive, I think its important to see the world for what is really is rather than to see it through a paid journalists altered view of reality. I chose the picture of a cellphone because it represents the power people hold to tell the true story of events occurring around the world.