Wednesday, January 16, 2008

The Image-World

It's time once again for a quote from Susan Sontag's On Photography (now you know what we're reading in class):
[R]eality has come to seem more and more like what we are shown by cameras. It is common now for people to insist about their experience of a violent event in which they were caught up--a plane crash, a shoot-out, a terrorist bombing--that "it seemed like a movie." This is said, other descriptions seeming insufficient, in order to explain how real it was. While many people in non-industrialized countries still feel apprehensive when being photographed, divining it to be some kind of trespass, an act of disrespect, a sublimated looting of the personality or the culture, people in industrialized countries seek to have their photographs taken--feel that they are images, and are made real by photographs.
Or by blogs, or Diggs, or Twitters...(I still don't understand Twitter).

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