Reading the Pictures: The Japan Image That Could Depict a Generation Held Ransom

03/13/2011 05:13 pm ET | Updated May 25, 2011
  • Michael Shaw Publisher of the visual politics and media literacy site, Reading The Pictures.

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I've been thinking around the power of this picture as I've been seeing it everywhere. Of course, who can't relate to that sweet face and its innocent confusion? There's more to it, though. The way the device is being pointed and the child's hands are raised, there is also the suggestion of aggression here. It's like this child is being assailed or robbed.

And then, isn't that spot on... if this disaster does escalate into a nuclear catastrophe?

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photo: Kim Kyung-hoon / Reuters. caption: Officials in protective gear check for signs of radiation on children who are from the evacuation area near the Fukushima Daini nuclear plant in Koriyama, Japan, March 13.)