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I don't think this photo needs much commentary.  

I'm not shocked any more at how sanitized and censored the world is when viewed through cable news.  The most 'real' moment to be on cable TV in months were the questions from the woman and young man at the President's town hall last week.

They seemed to make the media personalities uncomfortable.  So they did the only thing they could, make them as unreal as quickly as possible.  

Just like the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, the war on the working class is going unreported.  There are no images and few stories that are allowed into the hyper-unreality of cable news.  

The truth is, we as Americans experience very few things as a society together.  The reality of the world can change radically by just going a few blocks out of your way.  Or think about just making a couple few dollars less an hour.  

But the stories are there and the images are there.  It is important to search them out and make them heard and visible.  

We have new ways of sharing information.  We have twitter and facebook and blogs and street art.  These stories have to be told and the images shown.

class war USA

A picture of an armed sheriff moving through an American home after an eviction due to a mortgage foreclosure won the top prize in the World Press Photo competition

Jury members said the strength of the photo by Anthony Suau for Time magazine was in its opposites - it looks like a classic war photograph, but is simply the eviction of people from a house

I include the capition for the jury's reaction.  'But, but this isn't a war photo.  But, but it looks like a war photo.'  

Well it is a war photo.  That's why it looks like a war photo.  

Originally posted to audiored on Sat Feb 14, 2009 at 02:17 PM PST.

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