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January 7, 2010

Your Daily Moment of Spin (10/7/10)

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The Pornographers

The Caption: A US Marine poses for a portrait for People Magazine, December 15, 2009, shortly before he leaves for deployment to Afghanistan. About 200 Marines from the 1st Battalion, 6th Regiment departed early on Wednesday morning – part of the first wave of US President Barack Obama’s surge of 30,000 troops designed to shift the balance against Taliban insurgents.

The counterspin? Try: The Pictures of War You Aren’t Supposed to See (Chris Hedges)

(edited – 8:45am PST)

(photo: Paul J. Richards/AFP/Getty Images via The Big Picture: Afghanistan, December 2009 photo gallery)

  • Boomeransgt

    Thanks for linking to The Pictures of War You Aren’t Supposed to See. More people should look at it. The article was enlightening, and the photo made me sick.

  • Paul Martin Lester

    Another counter-point are the portraits of soldiers by Suzanne Opton:

  • DennisQ

    That’s a very pretty Marine, posing languidly with the rifle. He looks to be about 19. I could name a bunch of saloons where he wouldn’t pay for his own drinks. Maybe the Marine Corps attracts guys with that come-hither look; they have something to prove.
    That issue aside, the picture needs further explanation. The two civilians are facing some kind of black canvas. What is that circular object with the cord dangling from it? What situation brings these people together against that background?

  • Michael (The BAG)

    Maybe it’s hard to make out it’s a photo shoot? I was making a comment on People Magazine/the entertainment media glorifying this kid on his way to … a gritty and hardly glorified reality.

  • jtfromBC

    but i wish he was a wax figurine
    with his black rifle sparkling
    with his uniform hanging upon his slim frame there is something somber and spooky here
    sadly he is another newly minted
    ‘Government Issue.’ G.I. Joe
    off to the killing fields
    but i wish he was a wax figurine

  • DennisQ

    Now I can see what the other figures are doing in the picture. The guy on the right is focusing a camera, while the figure in the center is holding some kind of lighting device. I still think the backdrop is strange.

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