maboule123: Human disgrace sells.
I understand your point about useless voyeurism. This is not suitable.
My point is regarding the positive of aspects of Time's stories: The victims want injustice to end and medias bring the required attention to address famine, dictatorship, unfairnesses, wars.
This is what I am talking about.
MrPetkus: I like the pic by Stephen Wilkes. I wish there was metadata, being a gearhead and all...
Most people do not care if their living style creates injustices elsewhere - in fact they prefer not to ear about side effects of their materialism.
klopus: Majority of photos are indeed very strong and emotionally charged. But there’s a problem and it isn’t in an overwhelming number of images depicting tragedies and human suffering. This choice is natural and has nothing to do with “liberal” slant as was mentioned in one of earlier threads. What’s disturbing and indeed reflects bias is double standard in choosing victims based on whose tears and corpses are currently more politically en vogue. Take Syria for example. Are deaths and suffering only on one side? Assad is a damn butcher and tyrant but ragtag bands of guys on the other side are also far from being angels, bear a lot of innocent blood on their hands and aren’t known for valuing human life any higher. Little kid having to bury his father isn’t less deserving of chronicling his tragedy because his dad was on a wrong side of a line between good and evil that Time PC gurus have drawn from the safe distance. Same, even worse, goes for Gaza.
Yes, tragedy strikes both sides, that makes tragedy even worse.
You will be a buyer if tragedy strike your family.
Jason Racey: Time is obviously judging the content not the execution. Without a back story none of these are particularly good photographs. We are presented with a camera-phone snapshot of a boy crying. Why? Did his soccer team lose? He dropped his ice cream? Oh his father was killed. How? Was it a lawnmower accident? Oh he was killed by a Syrian army sniper. Ok now I get it. Yes that's a "Photograph of the Year"!
Time is in the business of selling human tragedy. This is what they reward. The technical execution of the photograph is secondary.
Stories and pictures, both can trigger emotions. Whatever it takes to interest you in what's going on outside of your comfort zone is a success. There wouldn't be a story without that picture - at least a story here, in this forum. Compassion is a foreign emotion for those who have it all.