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Violence on TV

by on Apr.16, 2015, under History, Media, War and Terrorism

The Viet Nam war brought home the horrors of the battlefield in a way that we had never seen before. vietnam_exe The rules of war hadn't changed. There were atrocities committed by both sides. viet_napalm Napalm didn't respect allegiance, and the U.S. used it with abandon. viet_monkprotest In protest of the war, peaceful monks went on hunger strikes ... or immolated themselves. viet_kidsoldiers In the 60's and 70's, when these pictures were taken, we still had first amendment protections in the U.S. To find out what was really going on, newsmen and photographers went into the jungle, putting themselves in great danger. viet_mylai They exposed the My Lai massacre when the government tried to cover it up. They were there from the beginning of U.S. involvement viet_embassyfence and hung around until the end, witnessing and photographing the abandonment of the U.S. embassy, and many of our desperate allies. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA The vivid depiction of blood and gore resulted in massive protests across the nation. viet_protest_generations Disaffection spanned generations and race. The government reacted. Wounded Kent State student John Cleary is attended to by other s The Governor sent the National Guard in to quell a protest at Kent State University, resulting in 4 student deaths. Dean Rusk, U.S. Secretary of State, called the war "the first struggle fought on television in everybody's living room every day." If the U.S. government learned anything from the Vietnam War, it's that suppressing coverage minimizes dissent. The new paradigm is the "embedded reporter". Instead of just letting the journalists and photographers have the run of the country, they are assigned to a military unit, where they have food, shelter, and can be kept safe, and see the war from the point of view of their benefactors and protectors. em_reporter It also controls the flow of information. There's no way to file stories or send pictures without the cooperation of the military. em_geraldo Even when the networks and new services send their best, they are still hampered by military censorship. jarecke01 When embedded journalist Kenneth Jarecke came across the scene on February 28, 1991, he felt compelled to document the burned-out Iraqi military convoys and incinerated corpses. One of his colleagues asked why he wanted to photograph such a distasteful scene. “I’m not interested in it either,” Jarecke recalls replying. He told the officer that he didn’t want his mother to see his name next to photographs of corpses. “But if I don’t take pictures like these, people like my mom will think war is what they see in movies.” As Hermanson remembers, Jarecke added, “It’s what I came here to do. It’s what I have to do.” jarecke2 Straying from the press pool was against the rules, but Jarecke was determined to get his pictures. And when government censorship failed, the media censored itself. The media took it upon themselves to “do what the military censorship did not do,” says Robert Pledge, the head of the Contact Press Images photojournalism agency that has represented Jarecke since the 1980s. The night they received the image, Pledge tells me, editors at the Associated Press’ New York City offices pulled the photo entirely from the wire service, keeping it off the desks of virtually all of America’s newspaper editors. It is unknown precisely how, why, or by whom the AP’s decision was handed down. jarecke3 Time Magazine received the picture, and the editors fought to publish it, but Managing Editor Henry Muller refused. Photo Director Michele Stephenson says it was, to her recollection, the only instance during the Gulf War where the photo department fought but failed to get an image into print. War is hell, and we need to keep reminding ourselves. The Atlantic has a more in-depth account of Kenneth Jarecke.
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Fox News

by on Jun.19, 2011, under Miscellaneous

After spotting a fox stealing his kitten's dinner a few times, German wildlife photographer Horst Jegen was determined to get the picture. He rigged a trap with a camera and hidden trigger, and an egg for bait. The camera was triggered the moment the fox stepped inside, and was then programmed to take multiple shots. The fox spotted the egg and tentatively stepped inside. He grabbed the egg, only inches away from the camera. With a second camera, Horst captured the fox's getaway. Mr Jegen, from the Eifel region of Germany, said: 'The wild fox visits my garden every night looking for food - and even has the cheek to steal my cats dinner. The fox was scared at first as it was a really wild one. He was also very nosey. Every day I put a different piece of food in a different place so he has to find it. This time I decided it would be a good idea to get a picture of him close up, and used the egg as bait. He almost always finds the food - maybe only failing to find it on two occasions - so I was pretty confident of getting the shot."
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Making a Smoothie

by on Feb.22, 2011, under Art, Food, Miscellaneous, Weapons

I applaud vegetarians who are compassionate about animals. I'd be a vegetarian myself if I had to slaughter and butcher my own meat. I don't feel the same about fruits and vegetables. Some of them really piss me off. I like to imagine that I'm expressing my feelings about them: A critical commentary so to speak.

In my mind, it would look like this.

Alan Sailer, a Microwave Engineer from Camarillo, Ca. likes to take pictures of fruits and vegetables as his pellet enters the victim. "I just like pretty pictures." he said. The above pictures are of a carrot, orange, rhubarb, and cashew.

"The whole garage is covered in mess. I spend as much time cleaning as I do shooting."

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