December 17, 2008

Tragedy, photos, and the internet

Here is yet another way that photographs/images are put the use in our day to day lives. The above image is one of the most well-known of the 9/11 hoax pictures that were sent around the globe via email. It is, of course, a photoshopped hoax. These kinds of images are now a common part of our world--and they seem to be especially prevalent during times of tragedy. I found a copy of this photo via the page on Urban Legends. As far as the social rationale behind this kind of "sick humor" or internet rumor, have a look at this quote by Alan Dundes (this was on the site as well, to their credit):

" person's tragedy may become a point of projection or catharsis for the fears and anxieties of others. Remember, people joke about only what is most serious."

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