Overexposed (Cynthia Man)

24 Feb

I think this image embodies everything that could possibly go wrong with the media. It captures the grittiness and sometimes unflinching approach with which the media tackles events deemed “newsworthy.” Almost all aspects of this photo – from its capture to its content and the crude, desensitizing caption that comes with it – is enough to make me sick. Here is a man who is struggling to survive and there is nobody in sight trying to lend him a helping hand but we know there are people present because there would be no photo if that wasn’t the case. It’s true that this is a once-in-a-lifetime shot. How often can a photographer capture something so real? But there are some things that just shouldn’t be done. This was a man’s life – an ordinary citizen- and the media has turned his death into a pariah. He had a family and friends and was a member of our community but that all pales in comparison to a “juicy” story. Things like this image make me doubt humanity. It’s one of those things that you just can’t believe exists. A newspaper has editors, journalists, and what I would presume to be people with higher education and yet nobody stopped this photo’s publication. The fact that someone even came up with such a caption and thought it witty makes me question where future generations are heading.

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6 Responses to “Overexposed (Cynthia Man)”

  1. laylajanoff February 24, 2013 at 4:23 pm #

    Totally agree with what you’re saying, and it reminded me of this: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kevin_Carter#Prize-winning_photograph_in_Sudan

    I think it’s pretty hypocritical that we give awards and recognition to stuff like this but then we turn around and chastise that person for not helping more.

  2. serracanca February 24, 2013 at 4:46 pm #

    I feel as though situations like this show us the ugly side of humanity; the selfishness that we express, as well as our attraction to morbid reality. Without the gritty, awful side of the human race, nobody would appreciate the beauty and selflessness that we also express almost just as much.

  3. stefanievponce February 25, 2013 at 1:32 am #

    This image still makes me completely angry. I can’t understand how someone would prioritize taking a photograph, as rare as the opportunity might come by, to helping save someone’s life.

  4. eschera February 25, 2013 at 1:59 am #

    I agree completely with you. Every time I look at this picture I get sick to my stomach. It is so sad how a person stopped to take this picture but did not help the poor man. Seeing this picture does make me wonder where the future generations are heading as well.

  5. mayala1992 February 25, 2013 at 3:49 am #

    This is such a disturbing image and it really shows how selfish people can be. This isn’t the first time we’ve seen something like this. You always see video clips and photographs on the news of people in danger but why didn’t the person with the camera help? I find it sickening that some people can stand by and watch a man get killed just to get a picture that might make them a quick buck.

  6. ileanacancinos February 25, 2013 at 4:25 am #

    I agree with your post in saying that the media officials such as editors and journalists would even allow this picture to be ran in the newspapers. it is such a terrible and vulgar picture to post on a public newspaper where children and young ones will see it and perhaps question their parents on what exactly the situation on the cover is

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