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May 21, 2013

OKC Tornado Photos: Iwo Jima

…That, with traces of the iconic raising of the flag after 9/11. Most powerful images come to the forefront by also tapping into our cultural and visual memory. Here, especially in these difficult times, it’s disaster meets American “can do.”

…It’s why you also see so many pics of Old Glory in US disaster photos.

(photo: Jim Beckel/he Oklahoman/AP caption: Two men attempt to pry open a door on this car to check for victims in a business parking lot west of I-35 south of 4th Street in Moore, on Monday, May 20, 2013.A monstrous tornado roared through the Oklahoma City suburbs, flattening entire neighborhoods with winds up to 200 mph, setting buildings on fire and landing a direct blow on an elementary school.)

  • Jon Simons

    I was also struck by some of the verbal commentary, which not only repeats the trope of the scene looking like a war zone (whereas we could better, after Azoulay, call a war zone a regime made disaster), but also enfolds the ‘community’ response in patriotism (note how the discourse of social solidarity is reserved for such states of exception – the rest of the time it’s market competition)

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