Safi El-Gamal Unit 3 Post 3

Throughout “Regarding the Pain of Others,” Sontag clearly states how photographs, both staged and real, bring attention to viewers.  Images capture the reader’s minds and bring awareness to an issue.  Now, these images can vary in purposes, but at a time of war, they are most likely used in ways to promote a dominant confirmation bias.  In other words, photographs are used to provide evidence to a point, and lead the readers to adopt a similar perspective.  In Gourevitch, this need for remembrance is present, as the narrator includes a list of dogs as he wanders the ruins of the Rwandan genocide.  When he wonders why the dogs are also being killed, he is answered with the response that they are eating the dead, and it’s evidence is provided with film.  The narrator also stumbles upon a newspaper, and he claims that he cannot get passed the front page image as there are “bodies swirling in water, dead bodies, bloated and colorless, bodies so numerous that they jammed against each other and clogged the stream” (152).  This exemplifies the fact that death sells, and humans need for the documentation of annihilation.

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