Pollution Photo Series Critique

On February 28th, 2017, Anmar Frangoul posted ten pictures of the damage of pollution around the world.

In an overall view, most of the pictures are wide or medium shots, with barely any (if at all) creative shots to surprise the viewers. However, the images do show a variety in its subject. The photo series does tell a story, but could be much more detailed if in depth captions are written. 

Anmar Frangoul decided to capture some photos with an animal as the main subject changing the human emotion from careless to empathetic. One example of empathy in action can be found here. 

In Bangladesh, pollution takes over the mountains of trash and dirt. The kids are playing on top of the trash and seem to be malnourished as well. This photo is evidently a nice wide shot of both the kids and the background.

India shows a little bit more of a variety than the previous image, as the shot is now from the waist up. The background is hazed (and that’s not even on purpose!). The runners are the main focus and the colors of their shirts is the first thing that jumps out at the viewer. This is a good photo with contrasts.

Vietnam shows a close medium shot of motorists during morning rush hour. Viewers can see that many natives have a cloth over their mouths. This is most likely the result of the pollution in the air. This image is particularly boring, but busy.

With Pakistan, the photographer goes back to the a wide shot of uniformed schoolboys with a caption that merely states what is happening in the photo.

Indonesia has a wide shot as well, but the picture is intriguing. The passage near the shops is filled with dirty water and trash. The gloomy ambience of the photo brings a certain sadness to the photo and the lives of these Indonesian people.

Brazil sports a dead sea turtle washed ashore on the beach of Ipojuca in January 2017.  The close up shot of the dead sea turtle may startle viewers. The amount of plastic can be reduced by humans, and seeing the sea turtle killed by plastic wrapped around its neck does not make the guilt any less distinguished.

Waste continues to land on the beaches of Troon, Scotland. A picture of balled up plastic is shown in a close up view, making the colorful plastic the main event. The caption for this particular photo is decent, since the caption shows statistics of plastic on the effects of amphipods.

China seems to be the most problematic with pollution, but the Chinese do not seem to be bothered, as the photo shows. The image is once again a wide shot, but still focuses on the couple in the foreground. The picture creates a nice contrast by showing dancers (a relatively happy sport) in a thick cloud of smog.

In Nigeria, a resident shows the dirt and soot from the air on his car. The photo is a medium shot and shows the background. The contrast between the color of the sky, the residents’ skin, and the soot is shocking. All factors are completely different, but the eyes are immediately drawn to the soot on the hand of the resident since it contrasts completely with the sky.

Chinese buildings are covered in smog. The viewers can barely see the buildings themselves…just the outline.



Fake News and the Impact on the News Industry

This article tackles the spread of fake news and gives examples on what we, as the users and readers, can do to combat fake news.

News is everywhere. Whether one reads the current events in the paper or in a magazine with celebrity gossip, no news (no matter how small or impractical) is subject to fake news. There may be a number of reasons as to why fake news is being spread or even produced, ranging from obtaining more viewers to just plain boredom.

Since the rise of social media, fake news has been easier to spread to a variety of different audiences. Ranging from blogs to social media (such as Facebook) to even search engines like Google. However, many CEOs are well aware of the spread of fake news. While no one likes fake news, the ability to combat such this growing predicament is becoming increasingly difficult. The solutions in combating fake news is still a work in progress.

In December of 2016, Facebook had announced an easier way to fight against the advancement of fake news. According to an article in the New York Times, “The tests include making it easier for its 1.8 billion members to report fake news, and creating partnerships with outside fact-checking organizations to help it indicate which articles are false”. Facebook has created a much easier way for their users to fight fake news. The social media platform employees have taken great lengths to stop the rise of fake news.

Fortunately, Facebook is not the only company trying to stop fake news from spreading. The search engine Google has even “permanently banned nearly 200 publishers from its AdSense advertising network near the end of last year, after putting into effect a policy in November to choke off websites that try to deceive users from its online ad service” according to this New York Times article.

As the companies are making an effort to battle the growth of fake news, I believe that  readers and users can partake in the fight against fraudulent reports. Readers can ignore fake news since news stories need to generate as many views and shares as possible. Once the number of views has decreased tremendously, writers of fake news would be forced to write events that are not fictitious.

Another action that we, as the readers and users, can take is to simply do what Facebook tells us to do: Report. Report the fake news and the sites will eventually come to see that social media platforms and search engines will not tolerate and even show the articles, thus generating a decrease in views.

If we work together, we will solve the problem.

“Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.” – Helen Keller