There needs to be a bigger effort to provide the context and backdrop to these images. especially on a site like this, with so many young people, i cant blame people for being simultaneously obsessed and disconnected, its a natural reaction when thats all you're presented with. To be honest I dont know what practical steps can be taken to curb this condition.
Its hard in that its always dangerous to curb content too much (if at all), and yet as you said I think that a sense of responsibility in regard to explaining the context surrounding the photograph is the key. Constant, mind-numbing, portrayals of the dead does nothing to really stage a point after a while. It has the same affect a bomb threat on a school would have after it happens five times in a semester.
Another blogger explained it in a far more proactive and intelligent way yesterday as it pertains to conflict, though on a less formal and simply disgusted note, I just find it eventually veers from absolute horror to cheap exploitation sometimes without even trying to prove a point.
People dismiss statistics involving deaths with conflict and frequent social ills, and that’s hard enough to rectify, but whenever visuals become just as cheap, it becomes worrisome.
There is something disconcerting about seeing another human lie there dead, and I wonder if constant reminders of mortality don’t eventually make people feel less in touch with it.
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