War Is Beautiful

War Is Beautiful

The New York Times Pictorial Guide to the Glamour of Armed Conflict*

Book - 2015
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"Bestselling author David Shields analyzed over a decade's worth of front-page war photographs from The New York Times and came to a shocking conclusion: the photo-editing process of the 'paper of record,' by way of pretty, heroic, and lavishly aesthetic image selection, pulls the wool over the eyes of its readers; Shields forces us to face not only the the media's complicity in dubious and catastrophic military campaigns but our own as well. This powerful media mouthpiece, the mighty Times, far from being a check on governmental power, is in reality a massive amplifier for its dark forces by virtue of the way it aestheticizes warfare. Anyone baffled by the willful American involvement in Iraq and Afghanistan can't help but see in this book how eagerly and invariably the Times led the way in making the case for these wars through the manipulation of its visuals. Shields forces the reader to weigh the consequences of our own passivity in the face of these images' opiatic numbing. The photographs gathered in War Is Beautiful, often beautiful and always artful, are filters of reality rather than the documentary journalism they purport to be."-- Provided by publisher
Publisher: Brooklyn, New York : powerHouse Books, 2015.
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: ©2015
ISBN: 9781576877593
Characteristics: 111 pages : color illustrations ; 24 x 30 cm
Additional Contributors: Hickey, Dave 1940-
Alternative Title: New York times.


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Oct 29, 2019

Author analyzed 10 years of New York Times pictures to discover the newspaper glamorize war. Oh, the newspaper exemplary war journalism. However, they got it by retaining a reciprocal relationship with the administration in power.
He also noticed photographs divided & repeated into several tropes:
Pieta. War death=Christ's death on the cross.
In short, pictures created more distrust of American military adventures & calls out newspaper's check on power.


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