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We erase bin Laden’s body. Pakistan bulldozes his compound. I mean, what’s the point?
via MSNBC PhotoBlog
(credit: National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency via AP)
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.)
Bag’s Take-Away:What does this bumper sticker mean now? Killing Osama didn’t kill the meme, apparently.
Bag’s Take-Away:There’s always gotta be a bad guy.
Bag’s Take-Away:NatJournal OBL cover does twist on V-J Day and ambiguous meaning of bin Laden demise. Pic also draws contrast to USA chants, fist pumps and breast beating in Times Square last Sunday.
Spiegel’s Photoshop fun with the WH security room pic. Plays on Obama’s passion for consensus and question whether BHO spawns clones. My read on it? Yes men, no. Love shack, yes.
Bag’s Take-Away:I find this Times Square display pathetically gratuitous and jingoistic, especially knowing it was produced and distributed by NASDAQ’s media arm! How else does one interpret this, given the sponsorship, than Wall St. retribution, topped off with the use of windows — after bin Laden’s already been terminated — to poke his eyes out. Plain and simple, this is the kind of image — twisting the body in the wind, three days later, Madison Avenue-style in the heart of America’s entertain and tourist center — that “makes them” hate us (and our tall buildings, and and our power).
(photo: (AP Photo/ NASDAQ OMX Group, Inc.) caption: This Monday, May 2, 2011 photo, provided by NASDAQ OMX Group, shows the cover of a special issue of Time magazine on the death of Osama bin Laden displayed on the Nasdaq screen in New York’s Times Square. The issue, featuring a red �X� over bin Laden�s face, will hit newsstands on Thursday, May 5, 2011. The magazine says it is the fourth cover in TIME�s history to feature the red �X.� Other covers showed Adolf Hitler on May 7, 1945, Saddam Hussein on April 21, 2003, and Abu Musab al-Zarqawi on June 19, 2006.)
Bag’s Take-Away:May 2 wire pic of soldiers outside OBL compound naturally raises suspicions Pakistan knew.
(The power/danger of hindsight.)
(photo: Anjum Naveed / AP MSNBC caption: Pakistani soldiers and police officers patrol near the house, background, where Osama bin Laden had lived.)