Two Views of a Child Soldier

We hoist a monolithic burden on convention when we say something right and strong separates a sixteen year old boy caught in a war from a seventeen year old, crackling on the other side of the barricade.

~ by Faheem Haider on March 22, 2010.

2 Responses to “Two Views of a Child Soldier”

  1. I find your concept intriguing. Wish I could view the art detail better.
    Healthcare –ha, MORE for profit insurance that we will be FORCED to purchase. Is there a cure for GREED?

  2. Hello. Thank you for your comment. Some of my work is explicitly concerned with the ways in which we view images and the approximation to reality that some images boast. The Mona Lisa, after all is a photograph to much of the world. The photograph does not offer any cues of the size, detail or dimension of the piece outside of what the photograph itself shows. I find that quite interesting and want to play with that idea some more.

    In this sense my images are really only concerned with the fact of imageness; image quality is a secondary, perhaps tertiary concern.

    Having said that, I like crisp images so am thinking about investing in a serious DSLR.

    I agree that the insurance companies are getting more clients and that yes, we are being mandated to purchase their monopoly good: insurance. But there are two ways of looking at it. In the first way we can look at the plan as a second best. in the second way we can look at the plan as the only viable option right now. 1) The real issue is coverage. If nearly all Americans can be covered within reasonable costs, then almost any plan is worthwhile. In this sense, the passed bill is worthwhile, though obviously a second best. 2) Single payer doesn’t have the votes–hell it seems that even a very moderate plan did not have the votes until the president vowed to enforce a law already in the books to be enforced as such. If single payer is a non-starter then we have to face the prospect that this is the best our government can deliver for now and that at least for a generation and more it will look like a Frankenstein monster.

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