The conversation is different now that war can be displayed through photography. The images that Sontag refers to are used frame the dark and ugly reality that is inherent with war. An image is powerful and can be used to make a difference, if only the right people see it and act on it. The way people respond to war varies too, and different approaches have been taken in the past, which include peace, revenge, or a new perspective. This chapter goes on to say that war is arbitrary and nonspecific, it kills whoever, man, woman, or child.
Sentence: What are the visceral bounds of war?
A photograph is a composition of a photographer’s careful decisions: what are the subjects, what is lightened, and what is darkened? It’s a decision of what is the easiest to see and what draws the eye. Humans have naturally been geared to have their eyes drawn to the pain of other people and it’s so easy to dismiss because we aren’t experiencing it. We look and do nothing about it so it’s a form of useless curiosity.
Sentence: Humans are drawn to see pain because it makes us innately curious.
Summary: The wickedness of humans is the cause of many of the tragedies in life. Everyone encounters a tragedy in their life and will process it in their own way. Even if people don’t enjoy trauma, they can’t help but keep watching. It’s a constant theme in the media, constant tragedy, documentation of pain. It has become normalized. The question that we need to ask ourselves is whether or not we are going to act on what we see displayed on the media.
Sentence: Media, particularly photographs, are used to display the wicked occurrences in the world.