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May 12, 2004

Dick, We’re Not In Analog, Anymore!

In a wonderful opinion piece in Monday’s NYTimes entitled “Tourists and Torturers,” Luc Sante discusses the meaning of the Abu Ghraib photographs. In contrast to the conventional buzz comparing them to My Lai, Sante sees them as trophy shots, more comparable to pictures of early 20th century lynchings.

(By the way, I gladly borrowed from Sante’s analogy between Nixon’s tape meltdown and Bush’s digital disaster.)

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