Nevertheless, the global "understanding" of this conflict — if such a term is appropriate — is mainly based on those images, which have become the material of a highly politicized media discourse, with visual evidence used in selective ways to convey different narratives about the situation.While many have recently celebrated the advent of "citizen journalism" and rejoiced over the supposed "democratization" of image making and reporting, the easy availability of those images has hardly served to raise a more critical consciousness of why they are made and what they mean.For a brief instant, the cameraman and the gunman directly face each other. The camera falls, and with the cameraman's death, image and reality collapse into one.(2) is not an exhibition about the killing of a young man, or about the civil war in Syria. It is an exhibition that acknowledges the presence of a new kind of image in which everything is at stake for the ones who make them.For more than two years, a steady flow of first-hand amateur footage such as this has come out of the increasingly devastating conflict in Syria, giving fragmentary evidence of an unfolding tragedy of enormous proportions.While hundreds of thousands of people have been killed, wounded, displaced, and deprived of their livelihoods, an equal number of video documents has since been uploaded to various online platforms by civilians, activists, and militants alike.A small fraction of them is aired by global satellite channels, although interest in them is currently on the decline.On July 1, 2011, in the neighborhood of Karam Al Shami in Homs, Syria, a young man stands on the balcony of a residential building.He uses his cell phone to document gunfire taking place in the streets below as his camera suddenly catches sight of a gunman on an adjacent balcony.
Some of the claims made in the program are discussed below, followed by a few topics not addressed in the program.Is this the same American public that regularly wrote angry letters to Dave Barry when he said stuff like the Leaning Tower of Pisa was in Paris, or that the Czech Republic and Slovakia used to go by the name "The Netherlands?" That wrote in saying they were afraid to stuff turkeys because he once wrote a column saying that giblet snakes lived inside? There is no idea on God's green earth so dumb that you can't get a big chunk of the American public to buy it.Many so called “amateur” photographers create some pretty damn amazing photographs (take a look at most of the work on 500px) – and many so called “professional” photographers deliver some pretty awful photographs to their clients (see US Olympic Team Portraits).So, I don’t think that there is really a definable quality difference.