Thanks to zunguzungu for clarifying some important points in my last post. That image raises the ongoing question of the image’s power or value. The image in the previous post shows a cop with what almost looks like a posture of fear facing some unknown and unseen presence (surely he is justified in the face of what must be horrible). Even the hippie in the background looks taken off guard. Perhaps we should have re-thought this. Then below you have a burly police officer looking like he is about to put the full force of authoritarian stick into the gut of some un-sporty student who just wants to get inside the hallowed halls of academia.
This reminds me of the also recent student protests in England (50,000 + I am told). ads without products offers these two images.
And then a wider frame.
I am sure this issue has many well-worn conversation paths that I am not aware of. But I am a consumer of these images far and above being a critic and participant in understanding the issues at hand. Is it simply another form of Capitalism-as-Universal in which these expressions are immediately captured in the lenses of those who will in turn profit from portraying all parties in all lights to ensure maximum return?