Standing in the Gap in a Society that's Warring with God.

Stock Photography and the Internet

April 16th, 2008 Viewed 2602 times, 1 so far today

Amy Lee Smiling in a Tree I think that my first run in with stock photography and how funny it can be actually came while I was in college.  My alma mater was producing a teen magazine and on the front of one of the issues was a brown haired girl, wearing a sweater tied around her waist, and the shot used for the cover of the magazine showed her from the waist up.  Now, keep in mind that I went to a conservative Christian college, and that “checked” or was considered appropriate.

What was funny was that the local newspaper chose to use the exact same photograph for an article, and it had the full picture of the girl and she was in shorts– something that didn’t check.  However, I remember seeing a picture of both posted to certain doors (until the shorts picture was taken down) to make a point: Stock photography can be used in all sorts of ways, and you really have little control over it.

Iraqi Torture Photos

May 10th, 2004 Viewed 1648 times

A lot has been made of what has happened inside prisons in Iraq.  As a country that stands for freedom and the idea that all men are created equal in God’s sight, the inhumane treatment of men, regardless of how they have treated us or what kind of information we want/need, is wrong.

Let us not forget, however, why prisons exist.  They exist as a deterrent to crime.  They exist as a punishment, an enactment of justice on the wrong doer.

I think that we may have forgotten this amongst today’s prisons, in which inmates can catch the latest cable, weight lift, get a college degree, and basically enjoy more possibilities than some on the outside.

In ancient times, prisons could be holes dug in the ground, where the person would be left, with a rock on top at times.

Let us remember what the crimes these men are guilty of– not as a means of justifying what was done to them– but remembering that these are not innocents.  They deserve proper treatment and not humiliation, but they also deserve punishment for their crime.

The wise will know the difference.


Standing in the Gap in a Society that's Warring with God.