Unit 3 Assignment 3 Harrison Diggs

Gourevitch discusses how the international community turned a blind eye to the Rwandan genocide throughout the book. As he said it, “when Rwanda had a genocide, the world’s powers left Rwanda to it”(Gourevitch 149). The way the world was able to allow a genocide like this to happen and not act on it qualifies Sontag’s point about photography. Because the genocide does not directly effect the world powers, they “Can’t understand, Can’t imagine”(Sontag 126) as Sontag says. The horrifying violence that is captured by photographs does not strike emotion out of those who did not have to experience the genocide firsthand. The victims do not look like the photograph viewers and the genocide does not effect their “pleasant lives”, so meaningless sympathy is felt, but no empathy.

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