Sunday, December 30, 2007

Cultural de-evolution, illustrated

I have to plead ignorance on this one.

Up until about 30 minutes ago, I was entirely unaware that one of the most widely-seen photos of Paris Hilton, crying in the back of a police car, was taken by the same photographer who captured the iconic and influential image of 9-year-old Kim Phuc running, naked, from her napalmed village in Vietnam. The later photo was shot 35 years to the day after the earlier, by AP photographer Nick Ut.

Here's an insightful article by Philip Kennicott of the Washington Post, exploring the few commonalities and the vast gulf between the two images, in terms of time, culture... and the definition of pain.

1 comment:

MichaƩle said...

What an AMAZING article...thanks for sharing. I've always been haunted by that picture and the coincidence between it and whats-her-name...wow. I'm trying to raise three intelligent children in this culture and while sometimes I struggle, it is articles like this that I can read with them to really put in perspective how their world now differs from my world then. Love your blog.....