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Thoughtful, challenging and thought-provoking...
Susan Sontag updates her 1977 collection of essays "On Photography" collated from contributions to the New York Review of Books between 1973 and 1977. She revisits debates about the importance of images, the positioning of photo-journalists, the ethics of portrayal... taking account more latterly of the post 9/11 world, the omnipresent digital images engulfing us and the 24-hour news cycle. She highlights the quest for shocking images, one after the other, with which to titillate and attract viewers and advertisers, demonstrating what we lose... in depth and analysis ... and meaning and caring... as a result.
Sontag's empathy with others, dissatisfaction with the state of global and domestic politics, and concerns with the shallow commodification of news, images and insights, shine through.
Beautifully written, argued and read.
How did the narrator detract from the book?
The recording sounded like it was playing at double speed, but slowing down the play time had it dragging and catching. It's really hard to listen to such serious (and great) content when it sounds like it's being read by the chipmunks. I would recommend against buying this audiobook.
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A deeply insightful and eloquent exploration of our urge for war, violence and atrocity. Listen!