Camera: Leica 3f/summitar
Film: HC110/semi stand development
There was a homeless fellow that used to have a little used book and magazine stand on the corner up the street. Most books were a dollar or two. Mostly he got them from donations either at his stand or people would give them to him outside of Powell’s. I got a couple good ones from him. He was an interesting guy and I could tell he had a sense of humor about politics. Well he got kicked out of his spot there and who knows where he is now.
This was taken last summer, and it reminds me how long this latest Red Scare has been going on in the media. It’s relentless. I don’t even watch network news most days, but it’s all around us, on the radio, on the internet news sites, and on the magazine and newspaper stands. Of course you couldn’t say Putin was a good guy before Trump was elected, but the media didn’t direct nearly as much attention at him as compared to now. People forget how much our media dictates what we see and what they want us to think is important. Still, it is surprising to me that some people lose their critical thought to jump onboard just because they hate our president so much. There were so many issues people were focussed on improving in this country while Bernie was running just a short time ago (and before that), and none were about Russia. Now, it is just Trump and Russia. And fake news because that is part of it too. It helped spread the evil and contaminate our souls. Turned us into mindless patsies for Putin. Print and television media is more sophisticated than ever, and never has it been controlled by so few. Competition is coming from the internet, thankfully, and there are still some good journalists out there, however this too is under attack and anything that contradicts their narrative is in danger of being labelled as fake news, with efforts underfoot to protect our fragile minds from its content- thus giving “official” sources full control. I’m a cynic and a skeptic I know, but I have good reason to be. I have read a lot of good books, talked to interesting people, and have always tried to learn from what I see.
There are very good books I have read by the way that give many historical examples of the manipulation employed:
Media Control, by Noam Chomsky
All of Chomsky’s books (that I have read anyway), give examples of a biased and complicit media, however this one is the most specific and concise I think.
Propaganda , by Edward Bernays
This is the modern propaganda “bible”.
The People’s History of the United States, by Howard Zinn
Zinn’s book while not focussed on media per se, nevertheless gives examples in history where our respected media ignored events, downplayed them, spun them as something different, or went along with the official story which was a untrue. The fact that we know very little about most of the events in this book , or know a different story, says it all.
Sorry about delving into politics, but I guess you could say that photography for the most part cannot be separated from it;-)