The Impact of Photos

Photos have always played an important part in media, and their may not be two photos that caused more of a stir than the falling man photo and the girl falling from the fire escape. Obviously both of these photos show someone falling to their apparent death, but one of them can be used to help better the environment of city apartments, while the other basically just tears at your emotions.

The Stanley Forman photo eventually led to better fire escapes at the apartments, which I think justifies running the photo in the paper, somewhat. It still shows someone that is about to fall to their death or serious injury, which definitely does not pass the breakfast test.

The falling man photo doesn’t pass the breakfast test either, and to me shouldn’t have been run in the paper. All this photo does is add to the sadness of the families that lost loved ones in this tragic event.


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