How Crazy the World has Become

How Crazy the World has Become
Lome, Togo West Africa
Wednesday, June 27, 2007

The other night there was what purports to be a news show and fifteen minutes consisted of showing videos that had been made using police car dashboard cameras. One driver jumped out of his car and shot a police officer; another driver pulled away and dragged a police officer for half a mile; another driver put the car in reverse and rammed the
police cruiser; etc.
Stop Quote
- James a Reader of Blog

I think you would agree the world has become crazy… How crazy the world has become is easy to see…

I could imagine viewers thinking: Wow, how
crazy the world has become. I suspect a more accurate statement might be: "Wow, it's interesting how the use of dashboard cameras allows us today to document how crazy people are and I wonder if this behavior has been going on all along and we just didn't know about it." The news shows are all about generating revenue and people don't want to watch news that focuses on the debate over the European Constitution.

Thanks for the note. Agree that the dissemination of information has
made people more aware of the bad things that happen in the world and often is not a reflection of more bad things happening.
- James a Reader of Blog

I remember the Hippies; there was a theme more or less saying,
- Never trust the establishment -

What this has done is enabled a new generation of liars to emerge, the people speaking for the Hippies, however again controlling the people with the power of suggestion. As long as a person says or represents the side whereby they do not represent the establishment, they can misrepresent all the facts.

The world is a very safe place to travel and almost boring some days.

How Crazy the World has Become

Photo Censorship Sexist Culturally Imperialist

Photo Censorship Sexist Culturally Imperialist



Hello, Andy --

I like your travel blog a lot. One detail leaves me a bit perturbed, though: the censorship of yourself from your photo journals.

I can understand wanting some anonymity, but to delete images of yourself while freely taking pictures of other people smacks of a double standard -- i.e., that your privacy matters more than theirs, or that other people can be asked to let their guard down in a way that you are unwilling to do. Although you make a point of trying to understand the world through direct contact, withdrawing yourself from the visual record of this contact risks making your whole effort come off as an elabourate form of voyeurism. Not good.

The omission/deletion of yourself in your photos has some sexist and culturally imperialist overtones, too: you feature a blonde woman on the beach (-quot-things that are important to Andy-quot-) and a cute girl from whom you are trying to get a kiss, etc., and expect them to be amenable to being photographed, presumably without asking their permission. If you do not reciprocate by letting your own guard down, then you are just a spectator, not a participant, which breaks the world down into -quot-me-quot- and -quot-them-quot- instead of -quot-we-quot-, which is, I think, quite counter to your intention.

So, I encourage you: reveal thyself!



Photo Censorship Sexist Culturally Imperialist

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