Friday, February 12, 2010
A Tale of Two Photos
The video of the tragic death of the luge athlete today is played in prime time. The photos of his last seconds are chronologically arranged on the web.
But this photo taken by Zoriah Miller, when published, cost him his embedded status with the military in Iraq.
There will always be a debate on whether the graphic images of death should be used by the media, especially when their motive is profit and when young children can easily view them. But should there be a double standard?
Seeing the luge accident on TV over and over may dissuade parents from letting their kids go into that sport. It may give the kids pause if they are considering it.
Would seeing the the images of the horrors of war on the nightly news perhaps dissuade parents and the 'volunteer' youth from participating in the fraud of war? Isn't that the real reason for the censorship?