Blog #3

War images can be found but they aren’t as much omnipresent as they could be. Censorship is the suppressing of “unacceptable” details of the media. Censorship in regards to war is the prevention of showing certain images in the news.

Sontag uses Woolfe’s points a lot in describing the importance of the photos and the effect they have on the common people. That it is an honest depiction of horrible events and that photographs documenting the slaughter of noncombatants should spark repudiation of war. The purpose of war images is to do just that, pull on people’s heart strings and get people motivated to act.

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Sontag states photographs of mutilated bodies do one of three things: they can be used to vivify the condemnation of war, give rise to opposing responses, or simply bemuse awareness, reiterating to people that terrible things happen. So when it comes to censorship, she believes it shouldn’t exist and that people should be allowed to see everything they can and have their own feelings and reactions about them.

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I agree with that completely. Unless the family of a dead person doesn’t want an image used, any photograph should be attached to media stories. They make the story and war events more real to the audience. Shocking images need to be seen every once and while for sure, to keep people aware of just how horrible war is and motivate further education to prevent war as much as possible. What is the point of censorship? Everyone that has internet access can see gruesome images anytime anywhere as much as they want, so there is no point of censoring the media.

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