posted on May, 9 2011 @ 02:39 PM
It is always reprehensible when newspapers and other forms of allegedly mainstream media take to hacking up photos for whatever purpose. It is a
Stalin-esque habit, and not something that has any place in a free contemporary society (although of course we all know it goes on all the time...but
that doesn't mean we have to like it).
In this case, the newspaper is a highly religious one, so they are strongly slanted to begin with, but that's no excuse. They still bill themselves as
NEWS, and taking the chop to photos is not news -- it is crude propaganda.
In this case, it is not clear (as of this writing) excactly why they chose to do this. The article suggests religious reasons of "modisty" about the
female form and possible dislike of images of women in power -- any women. I wasn't aware that the Hasidic faith held such views about women, which
many would be quick to associate with certain other religions, fairly or unfairly as the case may be.
Seeing as they bill themselves as an ultra-religious paper, if they needed to edit it for religious reasons, I suppose I could live with that
(although I still find it bizzare and retrogressive, personally), but it is dishonest to simply photoshop people out. A blacked-out sillohuette, for
example, with the name included in the caption, would be more honest (if still strange to most people's minds). But to simply photoshop the woman out
implies she was never there. Perhaps its time for the paper's editor to dust off his copy of 1984
and ask himself if this is really what he
wanted to be when he grew up..
This is a complex issue of gender, relgion, truth, freedom, press...all the elements for a good old fashioned ATS dustup. have at it, folks.
edit on 5/9/11 by silent thunder because: (no reason given)