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May 21, 2008



By no means did Reuters’s action bring a reduction in blog scrutiny of the war photojournalism. To the contrary, fresh questions arose about many other images on the next day, August 8. An anonymous blogger named Slublog assembled a montage of photos from AP and Reuters,26 each a close up of a child’s toy amidst the rubble of a damaged building. Giving the post the ironic title of “The Passion of the Toys," he/she suspected the shots had been staged, from the composition of the images and the lack of dust on the toys.
The post referenced is here. Never heard of the "American Communication Journal." Still, that article is bound to be read by college students forced to look it up by professors interested in how the blogosphere acts as a watchdog on the media. I link it for two reasons: one, the obvious bragging rights of being in an...er...academic journal and two, it's actually a good example of how the blogs are slowly making their mark on the history of mass communication.

And for the record, I'm a 'he.'

Thanks again to Ace for telling me to write my own blog post on this topic when I emailed him with the 'passion' idea. (h/t: Hot Air)

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