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Industrial societies turn their citizens into image-junkies

July 24, 2011

Susan Sontag observes that “needing to have reality confirmed and experience enhanced by photographs is an aesthetic consumerism to which everyone is now addicted.  Industrial societies turn their citizens into image-junkies.”[1]


[1] emphasis mine, 24 Sontag, Susan (1977) On Photography. Penguin Books:London.

NOTE also, could be interesting: Camera lucida : reflections on photography / Roland Barthes ; translated by Richard Howard

NOTE 2: Roberta Seelinger Trites has written an article on the photographic image in literature for young adults… hmmm

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