No other site reviews and critiques news images as well as publishes original photography — all in the name of helping you become a sharper “visual consumer.” Are you bombarded by powerful images from the world of news, culture and social media? Sign up for our “Week in Re-View” and let us help unpack them for you. Other sites read the words. We read the pictures.

Close
Archives About Staff BagNews is dedicated to visual politics, media literacy and the analysis of news images.
March 29, 2009

Vrrrrrrrroooooooooooooooom


29lede-500.jpg

I’m quite taken with this photo-montage illustrating Matt Bai’s NYT Mag piece about the Detroit situation.

Bai’s suggests that, since America is romantically and and almost genetically connected to the auto industry, probably the most contemporary and American thing that could happen at this point is to admit failure (as distinct from defeat) and “reboot” (just like Al Gore did).

Really, I’m not sure what to make of this visual. Is Detroit cruising for a spectacular fall after years of artificial levitation? Does the hyper-elevated crisis translate as the ultimate chase scene? Does the image mock long-standing American denial that we could ever come down from our real-estate/credit card/borrow-to-the-hilt high?

(photomontage: Matthew Porter)

Comments Powered by Disqus

Refresh Archives

Random Notes

  • Miami Archbishop Blesses Ultrasound Machines At Pregnancy Care Center.  (Watch the Water!)
  • Bringing Up The Rear
    October 8, 2008

    Bringing Up The Rear

  • The Official Games of the 43rd U.S. Presidency — (with apologies to the Olympic Basketball competition)
  • Laura: Just Say N.O.
    September 10, 2005

    Laura: Just Say N.O.

  • Family Matters
    October 20, 2008

    Family Matters

  • Next Up: The White House Christmas Card
  • January 29, 2004