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April 21, 2017

Girls in Mosul, O’Reilly, Transparency: Our Social Media Roundup

Our social media roundup this week has to do with news at face value. Has Trump, after bombing a Syrian airfield and saber rattling over North Korea (and misplacing an aircraft carrier), proven himself a leader, or just a tornado? Has Pence sent North Korea a message just by donning a bomber jacket and posing in front of a huge pair or binoculars at the DMZ? With one White House photo after another focusing on the press gaggle, is Trump telegraphing he’s mostly about the show? And, in the face of his stunning fall, how did it happen that the thoroughly unrepentant Bill O’Reilly, the former high priest of FOX News, appear in a wire photo with the Pope?

What with all the paranoia, the cynicism and sense of doom in the air, we were attracted to several photos the last week or so that challenge the negativity, or the lens itself and the lack of transparency. Trudeau and Malala shared a peace message on an auspicious day. Girls are back in school in a section of Mosul. And how about those photos of couples, I mean animals, I mean couples … and the brilliant employment of negative space?

News and media culture has its own perceptual geometry.

Pupils attend a class at an elementary school in eastern Mosul, Iraq, April 17, 2017. REUTERS/Marko Djurica REUTERS

Photo: REUTERS/Marko Djurica. Caption: Pupils attend a class at an elementary school in eastern Mosul, Iraq, April 17, 2017. 

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