Aesthetic consumerism and the violence of photography: What Susan Sontag teaches us about visual culture and the social web.

Aesthetic consumerism and the violence of photography: What Susan Sontag teaches us about visual culture and the social web.

Needing to have reality confirmed and experience enhanced by photographs is an aesthetic consumerism to which everyone is now addicted. It is mainly a social rite, a defense against anxiety, and a tool of power. It seems positively unnatural to travel for pleasure without taking a camera along. Photographs will offer indisputable evidence that the trip was made, that the program was carried out, that fun was had.

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