"And photographs of the victims of war are themselves a species of rhetoric. They reiterate. They simplify. They agitate. They create the illusion of consensus...Invoking this hypothetical shared experience ("we are seeing with you the same dead bodies, the same ruined houses"), (Virginia) Woolf professes to believe that the shock of such pictures cannot fail to unite people of good will. Does it?"

Susan Sontag, Regarding the Pain of Others

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