Exploring Impact

October 18, 2016  •  Leave a Comment

I want to try to answer the question posed at the end of the Alan Kurdi presentation. 

My memories at the time of publication were of horror. I was shocked that this little boy's image went worldwide. I do not think  there was any thought about it's affect on his family having to deal as it was with this tragic event. 

Of course the image was very powerful and a number of people had taken similar images so it was going to go worldwide whether we liked it or not and I hope the fact that it was a professional photographer's (Nelifur Demir) images that were used by the worlds media . Most chose the one  of the ones that showed him being carried. This, at least, showed some compassion. We cannot censor the world's media but we should try to keep it in check.

This image and others like it give an immediate hit but are soon forgotten so do they really achieve anything. I also think people  dressed like him lying on beaches and grafitti does nothing for the refugees and is just about the individuals doing the the acts.


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