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War Is Beautiful : The New York Times Pictorial Guide to the Glamour of Armed Conflict*
by David Shields and Dave Hickey


Overview - * (in which the author explains why he no longer reads"The New York Times")
Bestselling author David Shields analyzed over a decade s worth of front-page war photographs from "TheNew York Times"and came to a shocking conclusion: the photo-editing process ofthe paper of record, by way of pretty, heroic, and lavishly aesthetic image selection, pullsthe woolover the eyes of its readers; Shields forces us to face not only the the media's complicity in dubious and catastrophic military campaigns but our own as well.This powerful media mouthpiece, the mighty"Times," far from being a check on governmental power, is in reality a massive amplifier for its dark forces by virtue of the way it aestheticizeswarfare.
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Overview
* (in which the author explains why he no longer reads"The New York Times")
Bestselling author David Shields analyzed over a decade s worth of front-page war photographs from "TheNew York Times"and came to a shocking conclusion: the photo-editing process ofthe paper of record, by way of pretty, heroic, and lavishly aesthetic image selection, pullsthe woolover the eyes of its readers; Shields forces us to face not only the the media's complicity in dubious and catastrophic military campaigns but our own as well.This powerful media mouthpiece, the mighty"Times," far from being a check on governmental power, is in reality a massive amplifier for its dark forces by virtue of the way it aestheticizeswarfare. Anyone baffled by the willful American involvement in Iraq and Afghanistan can t help but see in this book how eagerly and invariably the"Times"led the way in making the case for these wars through the manipulation of its visuals. Shields forces the reader to weigh the consequences of our own passivity in the face of these images opiatic numbing. The photographs gathered in"War Is Beautiful," often beautiful and always artful, are filters of reality rather than the documentary journalism they purport to be."

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9781576877593
  • ISBN-10: 1576877590
  • Publisher: powerHouse Books
  • Publish Date: November 2015
  • Page Count: 112


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Books > Social Science > Media Studies
Books > Photography > Photojournalism
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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2015-09-21
  • Reviewer: Staff

Reading the New York Times every morning over the past decade, Shields (Reality Hunger) began to notice that the large, front-page photos from the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq often contained a strange, enchanting beauty. This fascinating selection of those front-page photos reveals that the U.S. newspaper of record helped build the narrative about the public acceptance (and visualization) of those devastating wars. By ordering the brutal and often arresting photos into thematic chapters with titles such as Nature, Playground, Father, Movie, and Love, Shields finds a new way of talking about the wars. Brightly lit photos of muzzle flashes are followed by the serene, pink sunset behind an Apache helicopter. Shields argues that the beautiful and sublime photos published in such a prominent place as the New York Times front page masked the true horror of the destruction. Shields even traces the newspapers complicity in war propaganda back to the ownership of Adolph Ochs and the coverage of the Holocaust during Arthur Hays Sulzbergers stewardship. An afterword by Dave Hickey calls the war photos corporate folk art and explains how the framing of the pictures lead to a greater distrust of the American military. Shields has crafted a unique visual antiwar polemic exploring the role of the media in shaping contemporary propaganda. Color photos. (Nov.)

 
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