Is What You See or is it Seeing What You Are Told You See

The Evening News

I am sure every watches at least the high lights of the evening news, maybe while sitting and eating your take out or frank and beans, scenes flash before your eyes painting the pictures for you, going into great depths explaining, as to just what it is that you are seeing, with that sincere look that also is so authoritative.

So your attention has been grabbed, and now you wait for that segment of the news that you wished to see. That item on the plight of the homeless man who died at crowded restaurant.

After watching the entire news with all the murders and mayhem, both local and overseas, you are finally, after the advert break going to see what interested your social conscience or appealed to your sentiment, that in today's society that this can happen Why do people not care for who are suffering.

The Next Day

This photo had now hit the morning news in another state, and the covering story had been slightly changed to that this poor destitute had been turned out of the shelter that he had been in for the past ten years. This is not an uncommon practis and socail welfare are now looking into not only this but all other shelters and places of safety.

A state spokesperson had announced, "No destitute person should want in our affluent society."

In Another State

In a broadsheet produced for local distribution to Chapter members, the following caption was placed under this same photograph.

"White gunned down in a viscous drive by shooting on Saturday, this is another blatant attack on us. We must take up arms and defend ourselves"

What Was It

What had happened is that the stills photographer had seen this old man sitting there oblivous to the happenings around him, liked the contrasts and took a shot of it, processed and did several prints and took them home, one of the prints slipped into hostage file

They were at a hostage scene at the bank across the road where this old guy was having a nap, probably sleeping off a night on the town.

As there was no lead or caption attached it became an ad lib situation, no body even noticed it in the greater scheme of things.

Training Camp for Terrorists

This photo was smuggled through from the northern territories, outside Rwandas borders. It shows the hundreds upon hundreds of troops that are about to over run villages along there way South!

Bosh this was taken at a police training session, where they put on there display every weekend,

However we could also stretch the truth and state that they were on their way to rape the nuns at a nearby missionary station,

It is easy to add words to a photograph, to bend the truth, dramatize a situation, inflame people.

There is a word for that - PROPOGANDA

I would prefer to coin a name for a Goebelism. Goebels was the master of propaganda and disinformation getting people and there emotions to work for your and your paymasters best interests.

Show the illusion of facts and every one will believe it, well almost every one will believe, becouse they want to believe in it.

Disinformation is practiced by each and Evey country in the world and also within various departments and compartments within the hierarchy of those governments.

A shoplifter caught at a local flea market, nicked a jacket and walked down a couple of stall and put it on with label still attached.

When i took this photo some female commented to everyone who could hear, 'That I was goingto send it overseas to blacken South Africans name'.

By changing the contrast and intensifying the darker part, the photo is a bit more sinister!


You may well believe the caption.


Security Police arrest suspect in a crowded street.

Not so !!!!!!!!

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Feline Prophet 6 years ago from India

You're so right Rodney, we do tend to notice what we are meant to - much easier than thinking for ourselves!


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Just_Rodney 6 years ago from Johannesberg South Africa, The Gold Mine City Author

That is why half the time we see some disaster or other and are immune to the suffering because we saw the same footage in Haiti last month as to night in Mumbai?

Makes you wonder?

Thanks for the comment.


Greta 23 months ago

I like to party, not look aricelts up online. You made it happen.

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