“There are many uses of the innumerable opportunities that a modern life supplies for regarding—at a distance, through the medium of photography—other people’s pain. Photographs of an atrocity may give rise to opposing responses: a call for peace; a cry for revenge; or simply the bemused awareness, continually restocked by photographic information, that terrible things happen.”

Susan Sontag, Looking at war (December 9, 2002)

Are mainstream images of war precisely handpicked (by editors, publishers, etc.) to evoke this abiguity, rather than the generally accepted (though challenged) notion of war as evil and inhumane?

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