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Thinking on


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Thinking on

19 Jun 2020 6:19AM   Views : 360 Unique : 254

I went to bed last night completely confident that I was going to blog today about photojournalism, objectivity, morals and opinions.

As soon as I started to write, I found myself confused: there are so many strands to weave together, and my views are instinctive, rather than thought through.

And the more I think about the situations around the world that have flowed from the death of George Floyd, the more I am sure that we all have a duty to think about these things, to have an opinion, and to consider morals and politics and human beings in every single aspect of our lives.

So that piece is likely to take a day or two longer. For now, please feel free to express an opinion - providing you back it up with a moral justification.

In memory of George Floyd, and all the other victims of injustice, violence and hatred, everywhere. Not to mention misplaced love and loyalty.

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19 Jun 2020 11:07AM
It depends where your confusion stems from. If you're taking about the photography aspect, while the lens might be objective (sorry for the pun), it is in the gift of the individual photographers to choose the decisive moment when to press the shutter to record their interpretations of the events in front of them.

Then when it comes to newspapers, obviously editors will tend to employ photographers with views sympathetic to the owners. So in the case of covering the same Black Lives Matter demonstration you will get a different photographic interpretation from the left-leaning Guardian, to that of the Mail (that is registered in Bermuda and owned by a Lord who lives in France, yet paradoxically historically has had a downer on anyone who isn't English, white, and wealthy). Beyond that you've now even got the likes of Fox News in recent days deplorably Photoshopping agitators from one place and date into an image of a peaceful scene to create a narrative of uncontrolled rioting in total contrast to the reality. As for written editorial content I'm old enough to remember the days when newspapers simply reported the news and had just a single editorial column for its opinion. Then somewhere in the 80s-90s every news article everywhere started to have an agenda, hidden or otherwise. At which point journalists' integrity fell in public opinion and into the ranks of the secondhand car salesmen and estate agents :-(
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19 Jun 2020 12:29PM
I share your disappointment with the way that all news now includes at least the risk of bias. And to falsify records... That's the stuff of Stalin and Hitler.

We need the facts, always. And then an amicable discussion, real debate, and some assurance that conversations will continue.

Churchill said that jaw, jaw was always better than war, war. And look what it achieved in Ireland: who would have thought that Paisley and Adams would ever be allies in any way?

A single image, though, is attractive as an attention-grabber, even if it does not express the situation properly. And in every big group, there may always be a minority who behave much worse (or, indeed, much better) than the majority.
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GGAB 7 31 1 United States
19 Jun 2020 12:59PM
Putting it all into perspective
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19 Jun 2020 1:28PM
I agree John, that in almost every case an image is better than no image. Maybe once we get to November and Trump is occupying his days trying to keep out of prison and the other popularist 'leaders' thus have had their cards marked, hopefully the world and its press will settle down to some kind of normality again. Mind you I'm not overly optimistic. As I've always said, we're just an alien invasion away from world peace - clearly a pandemic is not sufficient!
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20 2.2k 2063 England
19 Jun 2020 2:39PM
I'll readily agree that all lives matter: but I find it an abomination that there are some people who behave as though black lives don't.

That some of them are in positions of massive power is an affront to my human dignity.

And I look forward to the day when it is sufficient to say 'Lives matter' - it's not here yet.

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