Author(s): Susan Sontag
Modern life supplies countless opportunities for regarding horrors taking place throughout the world. Images of atrocities have become commonplace thanks to TV and computer screens. But are viewers inured or incited to violence by the depiction of cruelty? Is the viewer's perception of reality eroded by the daily barrage of such images? Here, Susan Sontag rethinks the intersection of 'news', art and understanding in the contemporary depiction of war and disaster. Regarding the Pain of Others will alter our thinking not only about the uses and meanings of images but also about the nature of war, the limits of sympathy and the obligations of conscience.