A chilling portrait of al-Zarqawi

Far too weird for my usual sarcastic comments, this Washington Post story by Philip Kennicott is worth reading.


Upon announcing the killing of Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, leader of insurgents in Iraq, in an air-raid, the US military showed a photo of his corpse in a rather tacky-looking photo frame of the kind favoured by suburban photography studios:


When the picture was displayed at a U.S. military news briefing, Zarqawi's face was seen inside what appeared to be a professional photographic mat job, with a large frame, as if it were something one might preserve and hang on the wall next to other family portraits. One function of frames is to bound an image, and close down its open edges; frames delimit, both physically and by extension, metaphorically. But that was the last thing this frame was doing.

I may comment on this - once I've actually got my head around what it means. Right now, I can't get the idea of that how one presents information becomes part of the message - even directing thought - out of my head. The fact that Colin Powell used PowerPoint slides to demonstrate the US case against Iraq, comes to mind.

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