Monday, 16 July 2007
Drawing conclusions. (modified)
The above photo is of Dr Haneef, maybe a terrorist, maybe an innocent bystander. I can't tell but I have written more on my view of the politics of it all here if you are interested.
This post is not about the politics of Dr Haneef's detention but more looking at the psychology of manipulation that goes with the media.
The above photo is pretty well the only one available of the doctor and news services are reduced to courtroom sketches for variety.
The Age, a relatively liberal newspaper, draws him so:
He looks fairly innocuous; almost suburban and relaxed.
The Australian, one of Rupert's attack papers and one who views Genghis Khan as a socialist, goes for the caricature:
Mouth off-set, eyes dark, sunken and squint. A mean piece of work.
Subtle manipulation of public fears.
Of course we are not allowed to see recent photos or, worse, for the doctor to be seen in public.
You wouldn't want him to be seen as human, would you?
Some further representations. This one from the ABC:
And this one from The Times of India.