A note on the power of images

The most disturbing aspect of the Gaza assault is that it is proof once again that the more you are considered ‘civilized’ or ‘righteous’, the more you can get away with the most atrocious acts.

But it seems that it is not just the ‘western’ sphere, the international community, the Islamophobes, the western media, history books, movies, etc that are contributing to that.

I may go out astray here but I worry that the Arab media are contributing to this asymetry in human ‘value’. Showing all these dead Palestinian bodies, children and others, although shocking and moving to all types of audiences,  paradoxically helps these audiences grow immune to them.

One thing to learn from certain types of Islamic practices, and that Islamic movements are drifting away from in their own construction of modernity is that not showing faces is crucial to create respect, legitimacy and authority.

God, his Laws, his prophets and his leaders, are never more powerful than when they become an idea completely devoid of illustrations. This is one thing we can learn from tradition for concrete political action.

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2 Responses to A note on the power of images

  1. loulia says:

    C’est tellement vrai. La surexposition des gens et des choses les banalise. Le meilleur example est Jesus lui meme! Je le vois partout, sur des bougies. Des autocollants, des tisheurtes (Jesus is my Homeboy), des dessins animes, etc.

    J’ai toujours ete outree que les medias montrent des empillements de morts arabes et anonymes tout en ecrivant des articles sur des individus israeliens (ou occidentaux) qui meurent. Ce que tu expliques montre combien nous contribuons a cela.

  2. mj says:

    Trop d’horreur tue l’horreur? Trop de sang tue l’argument, trop de sang tue la possibilite de jamais faire justice – non a la guerre, non aux armes, lsrael experimente ses nouveaux acquis armamentaux impunement pour pouvoir les vendre apres aux autres (a TOUS les autres) etats. Les possibilites d’emploi ne manquent pas, chacun a ses chechens, ses kurdes, ses chiites, ses musulmans, ses serbes, ses bosniaques, …qui donneront bien l’occasion. Quant a Hamas et ses pareils ils experimentent aussi leurs nouvelles armes “du pauvre”-l’effet politique d’un agacement incessant sur l’occupant, l’effet du sang sur les ecrans internationaux, mais surtout arabes-, c’est egalement cinique. Israel est devenu un monstre, le Hamas y a pas mal contribue. Et viceversa.
    Quant a l’exposition deshonorante des depouilles -civiles, car on ne voit pas de cadavres de militants morts-, a quoi bon le respect une fois qu’ils ne sont plus? Si une seule personne, une seule qui a contribue a declencher cette massacre avait un rien de respect pour la vie d’une seule personne, ils n’en seraient pas la.

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