by Stefan Alievikj on 17th November, 2011 at 3:26 AM CEST
After the Great World Wars, the world started to show its dedication to visual perception. If all events that built the reality through the centuries ended up being written in history books or books of fictions, in the last decades certain decadence happened. The postmodern ages showed their tendency to photography and videos. If something does not end up on photography it equals as if it had not happened at all.
Photography appears as very powerful and suggestive way to present reality. It’s a tool used by the mass media. The institutions of authority tend to use that suggestive power of the photography and to present certain events the way they prefer to present them. Abuse of photographic materials is every day thing and as a product, plenty of stereotypes are being born.
In fact, in the last half century we are bombarded by the mass media with various manipulated stories of wars and conflicts. The critics furthermore explain that 9/11 was one of those manipulated stories. Mass media simply play with the authentic nature of the photography, but we should know - photography presents only fragments of reality, not the reality itself. We usually lack to question whether what we see on the TV is reality or false fiction!
The disposal of propaganda materials that fed up various ideologies in different part on Earth is by all means, dangerous weapon of mass destruction; leading step to many disasters (of the 9/11 type for example). The media anyway continue to spread the feelings of anxiety and uncanny in the air.
Susan Sontag in her study Regarding the pain of the others (2003) writes about these problems. She states that for a militant, identity is everything. All photography materials disposed in the newspapers are waiting to be described or manipulated by their titles. For Israelis Jew, a photography of kid killed in a bomb attack in the centre of Jerusalem is kid killed by Palestinian suicidal bomber. For Palestinian, photo of a kid killed in the Gaza District is kid killed by Israelis troupes. The mass media constantly play games with the photos they show off. That just heats up the anger and the hostility between the militants. Sontag writes: “Change the title of the photography and the death of the kid can be disposed”.
Each day we are victims of fabricated stories. Daily, these events motivate different people to make acts based on anger and revenge. Disasters caused by human factors became routine in the Middle East through the last decade. And I am sure that the mass media don’t even bother to show other pictures of The Middle East. I am sure that for example Iran and Iraq are having fantastic cultures that the public never get the chance to hear for. The West gets informed only for their daily conflicts.
So, next time when you will watch the news on your TV, will you watch the news with your eyes wide shut or your eyes wide open?