Iconic images are not accidental

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Photos like this are, of course, all over Facebook for the 19th anniversary of the great event. I think it interesting that in the US, the further away from New York City people are, the more likely they believe in  the events of that day. That is the power of TV news. Within the city, if memory serves, there was great skepticism. No one saw or heard a plane.* Those memories were all supplied later.

World wide, I would suspect that skepticism is very high. We have not talked to anyone here in Italy, of course, but I do note that the 19th anniversary of this world-changing event raised hardly an eyebrow.  We have not turned on a TV, and newspapers are all, annoyingly, written in foreign languages, but I do not see the iconic images strewn all about.

I was looking at this photo this morning and realized how professionally composed it is. It is staged. Do you really think they would let photographers run around a disaster scene willy nilly? And the quality of the photo … this was an accident? Notice how we can see the supposed victim’s face, how the photo is balanced on either side by the arms … how every face is intense and focused. Very professional. This must have been done well in advance of that day – they cannot leave such details to chance. They had to get the iconic images just right. 

It reminded me of another iconic image …

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… this one from my youth, a TV show (or movie) called Charlie’s Angels. Notice how the entire image is alive, bursting at the edges with both action and emotion, like the one at the top. That is how iconic photos are made. They are never accidental.

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Never accidental. Never. Every detail must be right. Nothing is left to chance. It is why they hire professionals.


*Again, memory, but it seems a couple of TV news executives just happened to be out walking and saw the planes fly over. They just blew right by everyone else.

6 thoughts on “Iconic images are not accidental

  1. I just realized how similar this event looks to the white helmet propaganda we get out of Syria, but the overall situation is well described in the article. But one article on that day caught my interest. In 2002, “A axis of evil” was announced. Here in Germany, we got a blog called “Axis of good”. It’s a voice of reason, when it comes to climate change and migration. They got articles of Broder too, a journalist active for the WELT, a Springer medium. Springer is known to have journalists sign to be Israel friendly. On 911 this year, they brought an old article from the jew Broder, tying any doubt about 911 to Auschwitz. (sic) So you got a voice of reason telling you to believe in the official narrative, and peace by the US, or else. Exhibit https://www.achgut.com/artikel/ein_abgrund_aus_infamie_und_schadenfreude

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  2. NPR yesterday talked about legal delays in trying the terrorists held at Guantanamo. They kind of spun it out as a byzantine legal system issue. A new thing one could be upset about, another rabbit hole to study and rant about, if one took it at face value.

    Likewise I’m told that a new (mainstream) conspiracy book on Manson is being released, uncovering new research on its byzantine police and official corruption.

    So they love to give their state journalists lots of juicy “hard hitting” material… As long as it all maintains the key narrative, it’s fine to inveigh against all sorts of shadowy villains within officialdom.

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    1. The top girl with the walkie looks like Kate Jackson, there’s another with mouths open google images. Aaron Spelling was the producer so the typical MM Hollywood genealogy analysis can be done. Farrah Fawcett died of anal cancer and that info was on the news when it happened. The news person on all stations came right out and said anal cancer on television which was kinda odd because they could have just said cancer and not been specific. Even her husband Ryan O’Neal said she died of butt cancer in a few interviews. Maybe she faked her death too.

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