Did you see the photos, published on the weekend, of the US-flag-draped coffins on a transport plane? Well, those were pictures you were never meant to see (by official Pentagon policy), and it seems that Tami Silicio was fired for her efforts. I guess you have to expect to be let go if you defy a policy as publicly as she did, but nevertheless the episode shows to what lengths US officials will go to prevent the public from understanding the realities of this (or any) war.
Archives for April 2004
A picture is no longer worth a thousand words. In the digital age, photographic evidence no longer means ‘proof’. The point that gets missed, however, is that it’s about time – photographs never consisted of proof of anything, have always been subject to doctoring and manipulation, and anyhow have weight far beyond their supposed “truth” or “fiction”.
welcome to a new weblog, Mobtown Blues, by longtime pal Kevin M. A great upgrade from his not-often-updated old journal site. Hopefully the more atomic weblog format will be more conducive to regular posting for our Baltimore correspondent.
Cory Doctorow has posted an eloquent homage to Peter Ackroyd’s wonderful book, London: the Biography, which I am currently reading. The only problem is that last week I also received Neal Stephenson’s The Confusion, and so the two wonderful books are duking it out for my attention, which is limited to begin with.
As if I didn’t have enough to read already, what are you reading?
The US Senate Committee on Foreign Relations holds regular hearings on a number of subjects, including of course Iraq and the post-war transition occurring there. Yesterday’s session was called Iraq Transition: Civil War or Civil Society?. Dr Juan Cole’s testimony is indispensible if you wish to understand what’s going on there now and what should be done about it. [Direct Link to a 33K PDF]