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(The New Republic)   The only problem with that beautiful picture that went viral of a Syrian orphan is that his parents were standing 20 steps away when it was taken   (newrepublic.com ) divider line
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2014-02-19 03:48:46 PM  

JerkStore: I'm pretty sure the photographer who took that photo killed himself because he could never get past the horror of what he had seen. Think about that for a moment...


This was his suicide note:
"I am depressed ... without phone ... money for rent ... money for child support ... money for debts ... money!!! ... I am haunted by the vivid memories of killings and corpses and anger and pain ... of starving or wounded children, of trigger-happy madmen, often police, of killer executioners ... I have gone to join Ken if I am that lucky."

So not just the photo, but clearly what he'd seen was part of it.
 
2014-02-19 04:05:47 PM  

karnal: That's Journalism 101: if you don't have a story make one up


Journalism 101 is actually the opposite.  You're talking about what passes for journalism on the cable news circuit these days.
 
2014-02-19 04:08:50 PM  

thamike: karnal: That's Journalism 101: if you don't have a story make one up

Journalism 101 is actually the opposite.  You're talking about what passes for journalism on the cable news circuit these days.


So what is going on with Tot Mom these days? Kinda tired of this Srs Syria stuff lol.
 
2014-02-19 04:12:57 PM  

legion_of_doo: thamike: karnal: That's Journalism 101: if you don't have a story make one up

Journalism 101 is actually the opposite.  You're talking about what passes for journalism on the cable news circuit these days.

So what is going on with Tot Mom these days? Kinda tired of this Srs Syria stuff lol.


What?
 
2014-02-19 04:14:54 PM  

thamike: karnal: That's Journalism 101: if you don't have a story make one up

Journalism 101 is actually the opposite.  You're talking about what passes for journalism on the cable news circuit these days.



Let's call it Libel Journalism
 
2014-02-19 04:17:51 PM  

thamike: Journalism 101 is actually the opposite.  You're talking about what passes for journalism on the cable news circuit these days.


Journalism 101 is more like, "Already tried your hand at writing fiction, but nobody would pay for it?  Well, here's your second chance!  Don't blow it, kid!"
 
2014-02-19 05:01:46 PM  

kidgenius: HighZoolander: 20 steps? In Africa?

Isn't that like 2.5 Rhode Islands?

Sounds like the kid was pretty far behind if you ask me.

This is what happens when you fall behind in Africa

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The child's mother in that picture was actually standing a few feet away as well. Not that the child wasn't still starving of starvation, but the photographer deliberately cut the mother out to make a more emotional picture.
 
2014-02-19 05:15:12 PM  

Man On Pink Corner: thamike: Journalism 101 is actually the opposite.  You're talking about what passes for journalism on the cable news circuit these days.

Journalism 101 is more like, "Already tried your hand at writing fiction, but nobody would pay for it?  Well, here's your second chance!  Don't blow it, kid!"


It really isn't.
 
2014-02-19 05:29:35 PM  

thamike: Man On Pink Corner: thamike: Journalism 101 is actually the opposite.  You're talking about what passes for journalism on the cable news circuit these days.

Journalism 101 is more like, "Already tried your hand at writing fiction, but nobody would pay for it?  Well, here's your second chance!  Don't blow it, kid!"

It really isn't.


I hear you, but the fact is, news articles about people and situations that I'm personally familiar with are almost always lavishly embellished.  Why should I believe that this is true only in those cases?
 
2014-02-19 06:04:50 PM  

Need_MindBleach: kidgenius: HighZoolander: 20 steps? In Africa?

Isn't that like 2.5 Rhode Islands?

Sounds like the kid was pretty far behind if you ask me.

This is what happens when you fall behind in Africa

[encrypted-tbn2.gstatic.com image 281x179]

The child's mother in that picture was actually standing a few feet away as well. Not that the child wasn't still starving of starvation, but the photographer deliberately cut the mother out to make a more emotional picture.


There's nothing wrong with doing that as I see it. However if it's not captioned or explained that he is walking with a group (including his family) that's where it gets a bit less truthy.  The fact that a 4 year-old is walking across a frickin desert to escape bloody civil war is compelling whether or not his family is 20 steps ahead him or not.

A lot of people have entirely missed the point.  Sure it's stupid and disingenious to suggest he's wandering the desert alone.  In fact saying or implying it takes away from the actual story that a small child is on what is essentially a forced march across a desert with what remains of his belongings in a plastic bag.
 
2014-02-19 06:11:33 PM  

Man On Pink Corner: thamike: Man On Pink Corner: thamike: Journalism 101 is actually the opposite.  You're talking about what passes for journalism on the cable news circuit these days.

Journalism 101 is more like, "Already tried your hand at writing fiction, but nobody would pay for it?  Well, here's your second chance!  Don't blow it, kid!"

It really isn't.

I hear you, but the fact is, news articles about people and situations that I'm personally familiar with are almost always lavishly embellished.  Why should I believe that this is true only in those cases?


I'm willing to bet that it's because you're reading "news articles" from outlets that simply have news in their name but don't actually practice real or quailty journalism.  News isn't flashy or exciting and is "lavishly embellished" because a majority of the people who digest what passes for news in the US are half-witted morons or are simply too lazy or attention deprived to read past the lead.
 
2014-02-19 11:09:33 PM  
Cropping.

i.imgur.com
 
2014-02-20 02:35:05 AM  
I read that as Sybian orphan.
 
2014-02-20 02:55:04 AM  

flamingboard: Cropping.

[i.imgur.com image 590x363]


I can see Salon or Jezebel running that picture with an article about waterboarding at gunpoint.
 
2014-02-20 02:56:29 AM  

Warchild: I read that as Sybian orphan.


Yikes! Rule #34?
 
2014-02-20 03:16:29 AM  

demarke: Yikes! Rule #34?


Yeah, I'm not going to Google that...
 
2014-02-20 03:48:25 AM  

Warchild: demarke: Yikes! Rule #34?

Yeah, I'm not going to Google that...


Haha, yep, I imagine that would result in placement on a few shadowy government lists!  Thanks for the TF, that's awesome of you!!
 
2014-02-20 02:46:21 PM  

JungleBoogie: Sensationalism draws eyeballs.

Just yesterday there was the story of the ZOMG GIANT OCTOPUS ATTACKS DIVER. *

The article said the diver wasn't scared and shooed off the beast. And the video showed the octopus not actually touching the diver but rather wrapping itself around the dive camera rig. The diver moves it a few feet and the octopus lets go and disappears. However, there would have been a lot fewer clicks if the article was titled "ZOMG GIANT OCTOPUS INVESTIGATES CAMERA".


Why?  The INVESTIGATES CAMERA headline would draw tons of animal lovers who would go "How cute!!!"

Maybe the reporter was afraid his or her reputation would be in tatters if he or she wrote a fluff animal story.  Even then it wouldn't be that bad, a good writer would have slanted it as a piece about the octopuses' intelligence or something.
 
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