Zelizer Discusses Haunting Images of Famine

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Professor Barbie Zelizer spoke with the BBC radio program PRI’s The World about the disturbing images of a young famine victim in the Sunday that appeared in the August 2 edition of The New York Times. “These people have no names, they have not identities,” said Zelizer, “and we don’t know actually if the people we’re looking at are dying or if they are already dead by the time we look at the pictures.” 

Professor Zelizer, author of About to Die: How News Images Move the Public (Oxford University Press, 2010), explains in the interview how the power of the image is not in what happened, but what will or may continue to happen.