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Author Sontag, Susan, 1933-2004.
Title Regarding the pain of others / Susan Sontag.
Published New York : Picador, 2003.
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 Floor3  HM554 .S65 2003    DUE 02-28-18
Description 131 p. ; 21 cm.
Note "First published in the United States by Farrar, Straus and Giroux"-- T.p. verso
Summary Watching the evening news offers constant evidence of atrocity--a daily commonplace in our "society of spectacle." But are viewers inured--or incited--to violence by the daily depiction of cruelty and horror? Is the viewer's perception of reality eroded by the universal availability of imagery intended to shock? In this investigation of the role of imagery in our culture, Susan Sontag cuts through circular arguments about how pictures can inspire dissent or foster violence as she takes a fresh look at the representation of atrocity--from Goya's The Disasters of War to photographs of the American Civil War, lynchings of blacks in the South, and Dachau and Auschwitz to contemporary horrific images of Bosnia, Sierra Leone, Rwanda, and New York City on September 11, 2001. Sontag's new book, a startling reappraisal of the intersection of "information", "news," "art," and politics in the contemporary depiction of war and disaster, will forever alter our thinking about the uses and meanings of images in our world.
Subject War and society.
War photography -- Social aspects.
War in art -- Social aspects.
Photojournalism -- Social aspects.
ISBN 0312422199 (pbk.)
9780312422196 (pbk.)
OCLC number 247028637