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In all the attention to Sgt. Bales, two groups seem to fade from memory: Those killed in the massacre and those soldiers who do the everyday work of war (i.e., don’t massacre innocent civilians). This murky night vision newswire shot of Marines during a night patrol in Helmand province actually obscures the latter group as much as they are obscured from the public. And then, is there also a sense of our boys under surveillance or, even worse, in somebody else’s “sights” now besides ours?
(photo credit: Reuters Pictures caption: U.S. Marines from Lima Company, 3rd Battalion, 6th Marines are seen through night vision goggles as they walk during a night patrol in the area of Karez-e-Sayyidi, on the outskirts of Marjah district, Helmand province, in this May 2, 2010 file photo. The Obama administration is considering several options for modifying controversial night raids in Afghanistan to help secure a bilateral agreement outlining the future U.S. presence there, a U.S. official said on March 19, 2012.)
Visit BagNewsNotes: Today’s Media Images Analyzed
Closing out 2011, we’ve been looking at Al Jazeera’s “Top 10” Pix of the Year. In contrast to their nuanced take on the bin Laden killing, this was quite an interesting, call it “black-and-white” choice to represent Occupy Wall Street out of the trove of pictures available. Beyond the significance of the movement itself, it appears the editors looked at this shot — illuminating the white blue shirts, led by the white white shirt — leaving the conclusion (in America, at least): it’s the brown guy who gets it.
Also check out our take on the bin Laden photo, Osama-Obama: How Al Jazeera Framed the bin Ladin Erasure, over at The Bag.
(photo: Gallo/Getty caption: Occupy Wall Street: Anti-corporate protests began on New York City’s Wall Street, and quickly spread across to hundreds of other cities around the world.)