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August 20, 2014

Enabling ISIS, the VICE Videos and the Execution of AFP Photographer James Foley

Enabling ISIS, the VICE Videos and the Execution of AFP Photographer James Foley
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By Michael Shaw Where are the ethics and the boundaries when the media engagement is so passive, even acquiescent, and the product, so indistinguishable from propaganda that the insurgents feel they can have their way with the exposure?

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August 20, 2014

Losing Michael Brown to the Spectacle? — #Ferguson and the #Press

Losing Michael Brown to the Spectacle? — #Ferguson and the #Press
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By Michael Shaw If the images and the tension, as seen through the photos and the media lens, felt more raw and spontaneous last week, I'm finding myself scaling back my diet of reporting and waiting for news.

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August 19, 2014

On that Picture of Obama Dancing During the Ferguson Turmoil

On that Picture of Obama Dancing During the Ferguson Turmoil
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By Michael Shaw Until white right-wing critics suddenly become the official arbiters of political correctness, let's just say the President has many roles to play in public.

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August 17, 2014

News Photos, Victims of the Propaganda War

News Photos, Victims of the Propaganda War
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By Michael Shaw To the extent armies, governments, political parties and police departments have become active and increasingly sophisticated visual combatants and critics, the difference between news photography and propaganda is being lost.

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August 15, 2014

Irony of Ironies: Ferguson PD Offers Surveillance Pics of Michael Brown as “Smoking Gun”

Irony of Ironies: Ferguson PD Offers Surveillance Pics of Michael Brown as “Smoking Gun”
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By Michael Shaw Because when you step back, this photo impugns the intent of the Ferguson police and just lends more credence to the fear that they, along with that "named officer," have blood on their hands.

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