On terror in the press, 2 | Photos of the streets full of greasers

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Genoa, Sestri Ponente, 2 April 2020, via Sestri. Click to read the analysis of the photographer Andrea Facco . *

The new passion of Italian newspapers with unified networks and of sheriff governors are the photographs of “gatherings”. It works like this: take a six hundred meters long street, with some fruit and vegetable stalls, a pharmacy and a small supermarket. Saturday morning, possibly. You place yourself at one extreme and shoot with the telephoto lens at 200 or 300 mm, or with the digital zoom, so that the perspective is crushed: the building at the bottom is as if you have it in front of your face, and the thirty people who there are – and in six hundred meters they are at the right distance – you crush and compress them in a box of anchovies, with an optical effect that makes them look like a crowd.

If they used the same technique in a supermarket aisle, they too would find a gathering of fear, and moreover indoors. But they do not, because they cannot start to work on the supermarkets, where people queue out and know what the situation is, while maybe the alley only knows who lives there, who attends it, and you can create it a small case on the crowds in via Sestri in Genoa, the unruly Spaccanapoli, the irresponsible of the Bulåggna Quadrilateral …

Bologna, 2 April 2020. The «Quadrilatero», the central district of the city historically dedicated to markets and stalls.

It does not matter if in the photos or in the telephoto shots we also see a car of the police, or two policemen who walk – to testify that that scene, live, is not the hellish pit that they are reporting.

It does not matter that, for example, the photos of the Quadrilatero of Bologna show people with masks (all) and gloves (almost all), and that in the open air, with gloves and mask and standing one meter away from each other , getting infected is practically impossible .

It matters little, especially if you are a newspaper that has decided on the line to keep, whatever the cost. Or, as in the case of Genoa , you are a governor of coalition X who wants to argue with the district president of coalition Y.

Aside from photographic techniques, no one wonders why certain roads are more popular than others. The famous shopping streets, the flagships of our tourist cities. Nobody says: oi, maybe if we allowed people to take a quiet walk, there would be no need to go to the pharmacy every day, to earn a walk pass. No: you point the finger at the monstrous consumerism of people, people who cannot stay one day without buying something, when the only activity allowed outside the home is to work and buy.

Furthermore, as the user JoJo wrote in a comment on the previous post , they are significant

«The characteristics of the places chosen to operate this mystification of reality and downward responsabolisation of contagions. If we examine a video shot in Naples I would like to point out that on one of the streets (I mean your street / street as well as the neighborhood) converge: one of the most crowded hospitals in the city, a dense succession of grocery stores, fishmongers and fruit and vegetables, not far from the stations of the two metropolitan lines, the station of the Cumana railway that connects the area of ​​the Phlegraean fields to the city center, the terminus of one of the hilly funiculars, the area has one of the highest population densities in the city.

Those who like me know that reality well and know very well how crowded and chaotic it is in normal times, has realized on the contrary how much the inhabitants of that place have observed the various ordinances as much as possible. Almost all, although it is not mandatory, wear masks and move, no gatherings are seen but people who walk or stand in line observing the safety distances, even the two municipal police officers walk without big bangs. In short, a quiet postcard of daily life in times of coronavirus.

This was enough to relaunch the video on social media and flag it by journalists as an act of insubordination dangerous for public health. What is all this good for except to feed social hatred and direct anger towards a scapegoat? “

From the Corriere del Mezzogiorno website (Corriere della Sera), April 3, 2020.

The strong impression is, to put it with Tuco in another comment, that of

«A party game coordinated between newspapers and executive power. On Friday, with simultaneous cold snap, national and local newspapers filled their first pages with fake photos of gatherings, taken with 800mm telephoto lenses, from Genoa to Trieste, from Naples to Milan via Bologna. The orders of Fedriga and Fontana arrived tightly [new restrictions on freedom of movement were launched (for those who still had it), the indefinite postponement of the reopening of the cities to life, but on the other hand today Repubblica is headline on the formation of a “war cabinet” to reopen the factories on April 13. “

Whether the game is coordinated or not, the outcome is to divert the responsibility for disasters caused by the ruling class to the individual “unruly” citizen.

The ruling class that first organized and cut public health, then ignored the epidemic for two months, finally reacted sprawling to the discovery of the first outbreaks, imposing inconsistent and “fits and starts” measures, gradually implementing them with prohibitions – de iure and de facto – freedom of movement, some of which have almost no counterpart in the rest of Europe . Prohibitions on the function spectacular , constantly useful to point out scapegoats: the runners , walkers, Elder goes too many times at the supermarket, at least those who ask for some fresh air for girls and boys … And go with complaints and fines, however, the doubtful constitutionality .

Meanwhile, while nothing was done to prevent RSA and nursing homes from becoming viral bombs, some sectors of the economy were closed with double delivery while others, not necessarily “essential”, were granted every favor, causing millions of Italians and Italians continued to work in highly risky environments.

Yes, because “cunning” and “irresponsibility” are brought out only in an instrumental way. Rather, why don’t we make a list of the 12 thousand Lombard companies that in 24 hours, after the closure of non-essential production, rushed to ask for a derogation from the prefects, in order to remain open? Not generic subjects: not “the smart ones”, not “the people”, not “the Italians” … No, a list of names, company by company, type of production by type of production, just to get an idea. Twelve thousand also in Veneto. Not to mention those who undercounter have changed their Ateco code in order to fall into the category of essentials.

After the revision of the list of indispensable activities, workers potentially active in Lombardy fell from 1.61 million to 1.58 million. In practice, the Dpcm of 22 March only put home thirty thousand people , all the others continued to work, and in many cases to get infected.

These would be significant numbers, and revealing. Instead, every day they shoot off swings and with doubtful reliability, delusion on the curve, on the “peak”, but nobody sees a perspective and continues to postpone the start of a new phase. It is to divert attention from this that people are blamed.

For the avoidance of misunderstanding: there has been no Plan devised in advance by powerful men as wicked as they are brilliant and capable of foreseeing everything. The current strategy focused on the lockdown has groped and not without conflicts: just remember how the ruling classes reacted in the first weeks of the epidemic, with very strong tensions between central government and regions, between segments of the political class, in turn representatives of different interests, segments of capitalism that played the game between #chiuderetutto and # Italianonsiferma. Several narratives have clashed, with a swing between terror and reassurance, and even now there are tensions between those who would like to tighten further and those who would rather loosen. The measures, then, were taken inconsistently, with continuous patches on the holes made previously.

It is clear that now the proponents of the ban on leaving the house must “keep up with the blow”, keep the part that they found themselves playing in the general drama. And it is clear that while they play the part they experiment, we had already written about it in Viral Diary 3 : this emergency “comes in handy” to many, both globally and in Italy.

Here, to give just a few examples, there is Fedriga who asks for “zero taxes for businesses” (this would further weaken the welfare state, including the national health system), there is Salvini who asks to transform Milan into an “area special economic “ with facilities for employers and trade union rights restrictions, there is private health which (only apparently paradoxically) takes further advantage of the situation , there are requests for derogations from important environmental protections, there are sectors of order and armed forces that are mouth watering for the centrality they will have in any new scenario ( whether it is a pandemic pax or a social revolt), etc.

For over a month, to justify this state of affairs, the Italian media (especially the government ones), unique in the world, speak of a “model Italy”, they say that in the world everyone imitates us, while under the health aspect we are those to whom the situation got more out of hand, in the foreign media Italy is taken as the top of the negative example – what not to do – and investigations on the “mainly police” response that Italy has given to pandemic.

Police management that also feeds on photos like the ones we have considered. The unreliability of the “ox people” has always been the forerunner of any authoritarian tightening. People are irresponsible, so you need a strong man, inflexible rules, the army on the street … And the government of the nation presents itself and represents itself as an authoritarian parent of children and immature teenagers.

End of the summary of the previous episodes.

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Reacting to the panic caused by an outbreak, intermediate considerations on the media and Covid-19
An important text by Osservamedia Sardegna on the media narrative of the Covid-19 emergency.

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82 comments on “ On terror in the press, 2 | Photos of the streets full of greasers “

  1. EekTor05/04/2020 at 12:08 pmThe case of Sestri Ponente is emblematic. A tiny town hall where almost 45,000 people live and where everything is concentrated in Via Sestri: 41 shops open without counting medical offices. It is no coincidence that the presence of a police force has been ordered since the beginning of the emergency … [Continue reading]Log in to reply
    • Wu Ming05/04/2020 at 1:11 pmWe remind everyone who is the owner of the Corriere della Sera and what has distinguished himself in recent days. «I am phoning an incredible number of customers and almost everyone says yes to the proposals we make. […] All companies that have products for sale in the … [Continue reading]Log in to reply
  2. plumb04/05/2020 at 2:04 pmThis type of information, with the intention of blaming and inducing delusion, produces concrete effects: today the pharmacist told me that people do not respect the prohibitions and that “not all of us are responsible” … and that the photos of shopping in the Quadrilatero prove it . And then, yesterday, … [Continue reading]Log in to reply
    • Wu Ming05/04/2020 at 2:10 pmYou do what you can. We will never have a cent of the firepower of these sowers of hatred and terror. They shoot with a thousand cannons, we have just a few slings. Try it anyway. Guerrilla warfare. Something will remain.Log in to reply
      • pm200104/05/2020 at 5:42 pmAnyway thanks. Since I follow you regularly I have come out of the overwhelming current of the emergency narrative and I can read again behind the headlines. Then I collected a library of useful arguments to give strength to family and friends who were paralyzed in front of the column of coffins. The analysis of the current situation is fundamental … [Continue reading]Log in to reply
  3. jazzcommons04/05/2020 at 2:31 pmThe mask as defense from the pillory. We are rightly discussing the usefulness or otherwise of the mask in terms of protection from infection, when walking alone in the street, queuing outdoors to enter shops, that is, when you are in a car, etc. The mask, however, can be a useful defense … [Continue reading]Log in to reply
    • Wu Ming 104/05/2020 at 2:38 pm«The people who wear the mask, immortalized in these photos, I don’t think can be identified by professional haters and pointed out» They have just been pointed out, collectively. This is why we made the post. If we think that it is enough to adapt to carry the mask anywhere to block the hose reel along the surface … [Continue reading]Log in to reply
      • FrancescaB.07/04/2020 at 7:13 pmAbout masks, communication strategies and downloadable. The main newspaper in my province – where it is now mandatory to enter the shops with a mask or, in the absence of it, at least with a “neck warmer” (sic) -, which for weeks has been publishing outraged articles against the … [Keep reading]Log in to reply
    • giz-boh04/05/2020 at 2:47 pmImagining that sooner or later the mask requirement also arrives here, I went ahead: on my way back from shopping I noticed a pharmacy with a sign “surgical masks available again” and zero queue, I went in and bought a couple. The pharmacist himself, who was chatting with a nurse who … [Continue reading]Log in to reply
      • musikarol04/05/2020 at 3:57 pmIf I’m not mistaken, you live in Turin. Well, here today too, like last Sunday, there is a desert around, at least around my house, which is located in a neighborhood, as they say, semi-central. I have just returned from my hour of air around the river, seen maybe 7, 8 people in a … [Continue reading]Log in to reply
  4. Wu Ming 105/04/2020 at 2:52 pmHowever, it is good that the photos we are talking about have pissed off towns and citizens – and even some administrators, from Bianchi to De Magistris – of urban centers and neighborhoods put to the pillory. There have been debunking from below, the social pages of newspapers and sheriffs … [Continue reading]Log in to reply
  5. plumb04/05/2020 at 3:02 pmToday a listener on radio three said that it would be more correct to speak of “physical distancing” instead of “social distancing” and an old Venetian gentleman asked why, in his region, the healthy habit of going to one’s own is also prohibited vegetable garden, alone. Adapting passively … [Continue reading]Log in to reply
    • Mandragola0104/05/2020 at 3:20 pmIt is a relief to read these considerations, it is the only foothold at a time when it seems that the mass has completely lost its senses, flattened and uniformed on positions based on “have you seen the streets as they are full of people? There are photos in the newspapers, we are not responsible, so … [Continue reading]Log in to reply
      • plumb04/05/2020 at 3:35 pmIf the virus were in the air, we would all be dead already! It’s such a rash! Elderly people would be found in every corner of the street and in what are now our catacombs. And instead, coincidentally, the greatest number of infected and dead remains high in those areas in … [Continue reading]Log in to reply
    • Bettino04/05/2020 at 5:35 pmThanks to plumb line for introducing the “linguistic” theme related to the narrative in progress; a few days ago, together with a friend of mine, I was reflecting on the inadequacy of the terminology embodied in the expression “social distancing” and on its reception and understanding by people. We concluded that it would be more appropriate … [Continue reading]Log in to reply
      • cincat04/05/2020 at 7:58 pmA reflection on the language used by newspapers, but also and above all by politicians when it comes to ‘war’, has been discussed elsewhere in this blog. I quote an expert on this ‘war’ language, Victor Klemperer, who collected and studied Nazi language. Klemperer says’ The words … [Continue reading]Log in to reply
    • gubac05/04/2020 at 11:30 pmHaving hijacked us on the expression social distancing instead of physical distancing is one of the failures that vandana shiva pointed out yesterday in his speech to take it with philosophy. while there are councils the vision of the interventions of benasayag, harari and arminio, always in the same meeting, in my opinion the most interesting (at least between … [Continue reading]Log in to reply
  6. andyroid04/05/2020 at 3:25 pmAnd in the end even here in Tuscany it seems that the obligation of the mask is about to arrive: https://www.fiorentina.it/toscana-enrico-rossi-obbligatorio-luso-della-mascherina-allesterno/ Enrico Rossi among other things it is difficult to say that his intentions are based on what he reads in newspapers. I verbally quote his place on facebook: “I read in the newspapers that too many wrong behaviors have resumed … [Continue reading]Log in to reply
    • Wu Ming04/05/2020 at 3:35 pmConfirming what we have been saying since the beginning of this emergency: it is the media that push politicians and administrators towards more irrational decisions.Log in to reply
  7. musikarol05/04/2020 at 4:05 pmI meant to say: wake up one morning … I apologize for the misprint. however there is the obligation of 550 bars, damn; so what more can we say? I also saw two or three police or police cars, proceeding at low speed, I had no problems; I think if you avoid the notorious ‘gatherings’ the same … [Continue reading]Log in to reply
  8. Wu Ming04/05/2020 at 4:33 pmAbout knowing how to say only “Stay home!” , without a real strategy, without a method.
    A testimony of Elisa, taken from the birdsite, collected and published by Civati.Log in to reply
    • Giulia Q04/06/2020 at 3:54 am“Flattening the curve” is just a very kind / sneaky way to say “let’s all get infected.” The only difference between “flattening the curve” and “flock immunity” strategies is that the latter has a much higher number of collateral victims (people who are refused medical treatment for system failure … [more] to read]Log in to reply
      • Wu Ming04/06/2020 at 9:03 amHi Giulia, just a small note: we always try, for the benefit of the reader and for anyone to make feedback of our statements, to link sources whenever possible.Log in to reply
        • Giulia Q06/04/2020 at 11:47 pm(A little difficult to do this while staying within the 2300 characters limit …) “Flattening the curve” as a way to (not) say “infect everyone” is my inference: no one says it openly, but it is implied in every explanation of that strategy. For example, this article by Vox, which incorporates the famous graph of the flattened curve … [Continue reading]Log in to reply
          • pm200104/07/2020 at 9:22 amThe strategy of “flattening the curve” starts from the assumption that it is not we who decide to infect everyone. This is the natural condition. The best option would be to never get infected, secondly to have a medicine that can cure us. So sentences like “slow the spread of the disease” should … [Continue reading]Log in to reply
            • Giulia Q07/04/2020 at 5:49 pmI understand that I used hyperbolas a little too hyperbolic. I speak of “infecting ourselves as much as possible” but I exaggerate: it is rather a question of infecting us “the right”, that is, as we did before (not that it changes much: the metrics for entering and exiting the lockdown – the number of patients in therapy … [ Keep reading]Log in to reply
              • Giulia Q07/04/2020 at 6:01 pmAs I said in another comment, it’s terribly counter-intuitive, and many of the most used narrations so far (war, sacrifice, the same “stay at home”) are counterproductive to explain how an epidemic really works. We think of the mocking irony of reasoning on the line of “we stay as much as possible at home to get out of it … [Continue reading]Log in to reply
      • Giulia Q04/07/2020 at 12:47 amThe MIT Technology Review article that takes up, misrepresenting, the Imperial College report is famous now, but I report it the same: We’re not going back to normal. I say “misrepresenting” because the author of the article imagines, between a lockdown and the other, a “soft isolation”: “In the near term, we’ll probably find awkward compromises that allow … [Continue reading]Log in to reply
  9. Vicky Vale05/04/2020 at 5:00 pmSpeaking of terror in the press, but we want to talk about this title in the Huffington Post ( https://www.huffingtonpost.it/entry/scordiamoci-i-viaggi-allestero-sara-come-litalia-degli-anni-50_it_5e8853c3c5b6e7d76c64694f ) copied for another once again by the Mephistophelic Corriere ( https://torino.corriere.it/economy/20_aprile_03/scordiamoci-viaggi-all-estero-sara-come-l-italia-anni-50-bcbc6afe-7520-11ea -b9c4-182209d6cca4_preview.shtml? reason = unauthenticated & cat = 1 & cid = vaP9Ofik & pids = FR & credits = 1 & origin = https% 3A% 2F% 2Ftorino.corriere.it% 2Feconomia% 2F20_aprile_03% 2Fscordiamoci travel-all-foreign-sara-as-the-Italy -anni-50-bcbc6afe-7520-11ea-b9c4-182209d6cca4.shtml )? When I read it I got a regurgitation of bile.Log in to reply
  10. Kola04/05/2020 at 5:05 pmBeing an architect and dealing with urban planning for work, a spontaneous reflection comes after this new wave of media and political blame. In fact, it is evident that the areas where there is high housing deniability, tendentially small housing, many commercial activities of … [Continue reading]Log in to reply
    • Wu Ming05/04/2020 at 5:20 pmEh, I think Wolf would have a lot to say on this, we report your comment.Log in to reply
    • wolfbukowski07/04/2020 at 7:02 pmAs I see it there is a big “though”. The guilty wave feeds on itself, does not have a coherent guide and is instead made up of continuous “upward raises”. I imagine the unspoken in the editors of the newspapers: -no one runs in the street anymore, what negative exemplum do we find to draw a moral boundary? [Don’t … [Continue reading]Log in to reply
    • wolfbukowski07/04/2020 at 7:03 pmThe especially southern and island countries where those who work a little land (often informally) have the small field outside the country are subjected to unnecessary torture, since a person alone who goes to the garden runs a risk for himself and others inferiorly inferior to shopping … [Continue reading]Log in to reply
      • Pao04/07/2020 at 8:05 pmI had written a comment on the garden issue but I passed 2300 (who would have thought it) and canceled it. I am playing many jokes with this premise but I will reinstate better: here it is Valtellina. not properly southern Italy. we have an office that could remain accessible to the public according to the “law”. lo … [Continue reading]Log in to reply
      • Kola04/07/2020 at 8:51 pmI did not mean that in Brianza or similar areas there are no inconveniences in this situation, but perhaps it is not even correct to say that these measures are calibrated generically on the big centers, also because the big cities are very different from each other, and rest of the idea that these are rules calibrated … [Continue reading]Log in to reply
        • Pao07/04/2020 at 9:13 pmbut indeed. these measures are not calibrated on anything. the realities are different everywhere (let me call reality something so structured as to be far from reality but it must be understood in some way) and I think that only a single consciousness in having peaceful attitudes, whether for themselves first and .. . [Continue reading]Log in to reply
        • wolfbukowski07/04/2020 at 10:47 pmWe say that, as already widely analyzed, measures that should have a health ratio actually follow that of “decorum”. On the historical center of Naples, for example, an attempt has been made to impose the “decorum” since the time of the 1980 Irpinia earthquake (and the left has largely done so, as … [Continue reading]Log in to reply
          • Pao07/04/2020 at 11:15 pmeh with this stuff of the “anti-billing law” that tries to re-propose a form of Nazi-fascist “decorum” I met years ago. I am provincial in DNA. indeed superprovincial. Valtellina is a kind of hermitage where, however, in these times we are better off than elsewhere. I have to admit it. we are in lombardy but … [Continue reading]Log in to reply
    • wolfbukowski07/04/2020 at 7:26 pm[Third part of the comment, almost OT, preceded by the premise that the above on the “limitations clearly calibrated on Milan and the major centers” does not imply the fact that all those limitations are right, but only that they have been thought of in those realities and for those realities ] For the future it will be the … [Continue reading]Log in to reply
  11. Mandragola0105/04/2020 at 5:08 pmI found this while I was wandering around trying to catch “the air that pulls” peeking at the comments of the various users of the online newspapers “:” I’m old … and this morning I brought home a 20 kg bag of food so as not to be accused to buy little and be smart … risking a collapse … [Continue reading]Log in to reply
  12. zampot04/05/2020 at 5:17 pmThis morning there were three people in the bakery before me waiting to enter: I discovered that the first was a girl who was 10 m away. from the entrance between the cars parked in the square. With all the necessary caution, this seems to me a form of full-blown psychosis: don’t … [Continue reading]Log in to reply
  13. musikarol04/05/2020 at 5:24 pmI would like to propose (I don’t think it’s OT) a link to an excellent, albeit short, article from The Guardian, on why in Germany it seems they are managing the situation better than elsewhere: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/apr / 05 / germanys-devolved-logic-is-helping-it-win-the-coronavirus-race In practice, it is deduced that this happens thanks to federalism, just what apparently produces the greatest problems here, with the .. . [Continue reading]Log in to reply
  14. robydoc04/05/2020 at 5:56 pmIn Malta this morning the prime minister urged people to go out and go for a walk, alone or in pairs. https://timesofmalta.com/articles/view/go-for-a-walk-on-your-own-or-in-pairs-to-keep-healthy-robert-abela.783584 Although not all agree the idea of ​​being able to force people to stay at home seems very far away. If things ever get worse – there haven’t been … [Continue reading]Log in to reply
  15. musikarol05/04/2020 at 6:03 pmHere, I was expecting a reprimand for the OT, it is not the first time … I do not know, the blog you manage it, those who comment obviously must adapt, it is right. But don’t you think it’s a bit of an exaggeration, sometimes, for example in this case? Besides, I am not even so convinced that I am … [Continue reading]Log in to reply
    • Wu Ming 105/04/2020 at 6:14 pmSorry, but since it is not the first time you say “do a little bit yourself” but in fact you protest about how we manage the discussion, I would like to point out that if it were as you say, there would be no need to continue publishing several articles on different aspects and moments of the emergency. … [Continue reading]Log in to reply
  16. Ca Gi05/04/2020 at 6:33 pmNot even to do it on purpose since yesterday evening I started to collect several articles with pseudo-assemblies photos obtained through the use of telephoto lenses and zooms and comment online the artificiality of these “teleassemblies”, noting that even those who are not very familiar with the photographic technique soon realizes that newspapers and … [Continue reading]Log in to reply
  17. robydoc04/05/2020 at 7:14 pmI apologize in advance because maybe I am OT but since it seems relevant to me and I am not sure where to insert this observation I leave it here. (In case you maybe delete it and tell me where I can insert it). This article vaguely has to do with it because in short we are discussing the criminalization of behaviors that have nothing to do … [Continue reading]Log in to reply
  18. Pao05/04/2020 at 8:00 pmI wanted to say that you are unique because instead of opting for a limit of writing too many words you have opted for people to write. it’s rare. also because let’s face it: these days there are sometimes too many words (it depends on the words. always and in any case). but you don’t. you try to encourage … [Continue reading]Log in to reply
    • Wu Ming04/05/2020 at 8:24 pmThanks! To be honest, we also have a maximum comment limit, but it’s quite high: 2300.Log in to reply
      • Pao05/04/2020 at 8:43 pmThanks to you. With 2300 on the net you can tell a world. So I wouldn’t call it a limit. For the rest there are the appropriate books and times. In any case, I think communication is important. Despite having an individualistic nature. Regarding a speech more relevant to the topic … [Continue reading]Log in to reply
  19. mikoi04/05/2020 at 8:27 pmWhile sharing most of the ideas and conclusions of your analyzes, I would like to point out that the photos are far from crushed and do not seem to be taken with a telephoto lens at all. The people in the background are blurred, those in the foreground are quite sharp. Rather, the image appears to have been cropped / cropped. … [Continue reading]Log in to reply
    • Wu Ming 104/05/2020 at 8:35 pmThanks. According to Facco, whose analysis we linked above, the Genoese photo was taken with a telephoto lens, but we ask for other opinions on this technical aspect. As for the photographers, in one case, the Bolognese one, the photographer is even a friend of ours, Gianluca Perticoni. We certainly don’t blame him. The … [Continue reading]Log in to reply
      • khansen05/04/2020 at 9:02 pmHello, I intervene as a photographer and videomaker to say (with humility) my In the case of the Bolognese photo the plans and the blur make you think of a telephoto lens. It is not strange that it is used in the news as sometimes it allows you to better isolate the subjects without “polluting” the scene with … [Continue reading]Log in to reply
        • Pao05/04/2020 at 9:17 pmThen maybe a photographers rebellion might work. Or at least be a start. Photography meant seriously I think it is a science. Also quite difficult. So I don’t know, I say it like this to say: if professional photographers began to photograph reality independently and publish through non-politicized spaces, then maybe … [Continue reading]Log in to reply
      • adf04/06/2020 at 11:16 amHi, as a camera operator and director of photography, I can confirm the use of the telephoto lens in the photos that have been mentioned. I have analyzed more the photo taken in Darsena in Milan; for those who know the area, it is clear that the shot was taken from the new bridge in … [Continue reading]Log in to reply
  20. Frank Sullivan05/04/2020 at 11:54 pmTonight on RaiNews24 a journalist was going around with the microphone in Naples to contest who, according to him, did not respect the distance of a meter. Curiosity: as to how the service was assembled, you did not see the “before”, that is the “social distance” contested, but only the “after” the intervention of the intrepid reporter, with the alleged … [Continue reading ]Log in to reply
  21. bacchanal04/06/2020 at 12:13 amYesterday I wrote this. *** How false news becomes political alibis. Yesterday public Bologna Republic a photo via fishmongers old, taken with a telephoto lens and a particular angle, so as to create a perspective distortion that makes be the busy street of people – when in fact other photos of the same street, taken from above .. . [Continue reading]Log in to reply
  22. Pao04/06/2020 at 10:06 amThis is an interesting but decidedly out of place discussion. I mean whether photography is a science or not. Let’s say a form of science. It depends on what is meant by science first. And I specified if I meant seriously for this very reason. Then if you talk about this with me I have to tell you that … [Continue reading]Log in to reply
    • glo06/04/2020 at 1:01 pmForget the science / non-science discourse that is actually out of place. Photography can be used in a scientific, poetic, journalistic way… the point is that the relationship between photography and reality is not a foregone conclusion. Giving photographers the responsibility (and the power) to represent an incontrovertible reality creates misunderstandings … [Continue reading]Log in to reply
      • Pao06/04/2020 at 1:51 pmIn fact, I recognize that I have rather philosophical concepts of science, reality and imagination. On the other hand, I agree very much that it is a perception problem. There are different levels of reality and the concept of reality itself probably does not exist or if it exists it is changeable. So yes the important … [Continue reading]Log in to reply
  23. Bettino06/04/2020 at 6:02 pmhttps://bologna.repubblica.it/cronaca/2020/04/06/foto/bologna_quadrilatero_a_numero_chiuso-253293659/1/#1 Today, closing of the “Quadrilatero” with barriers guarded by Carabinieri and Municipal Police, following the delation – widely dismantled in substance- of Republic. The need to read this experience of separation as the core of the social question in progress is becoming increasingly clear -if there was still a need for it; information … [Continue reading]Log in to reply
    • plumb06/04/2020 at 6:50 pmI am quite disconcerted, because in my continuous “job” to keep in touch with the surrounding reality I stop to talk to the people I meet. And in the vain attempt to bring them back to the “facts” I always stress that there is no gathering around or near us. Yet today … [Continue reading]Log in to reply
    • Wu Ming 206/04/2020 at 6:59 pmThose hurdles definitively sanction an urbicide that was already underway for some time. It is the much coveted transformation of a piece of town into an open-air shopping center, with apples at four euros a kilo, tortellini prepared in a showcase and the most precious PDO mortadella of cocaine. … [Continue reading]Log in to reply
  24. Piero Purich06/04/2020 at 11:23 pmMaybe I intervene a little late and at this point a little OT, but it seems to me that this image can give an idea of ​​how the telephoto lens crushes the images showing crowded streets that where citizens are actually absolutely at a safe distance. Unfortunately we are all imprisoned and therefore not … [Continue reading]Log in to reply
  25. Mandragola0104/07/2020 at 9:04 amToday the “terror in the press” is enriched by the contribution of a funny title of Il Corriere: “attention also to the toilet flush …”. I can’t paste the link or read the article but I guess what is meant. It amazes me that a newspaper can create sensationalism around a news … [Continue reading]Log in to reply
  26. Elwinga04/07/2020 at 9:38 amLeaving aside the issues raised by the article, however, let me point out that an 800mm is not a widespread lens, nor used. In addition to costing around € 10,000, it weighs about 6 kg, making it somewhat difficult to use. It is in fact mainly used for nature or astronomical photography. The much more common objectives of … [Continue reading]Log in to reply
    • Wu Ming 104/07/2020 at 9:42 amIt was hyperbole. A common rhetorical figure, like when you say “this backpack weighs a ton”. But if you do not understand, there is no problem with putting «200 mm» (however, in the discussion reference has always been made to the latter).Log in to reply
    • Wu Ming 204/07/2020 at 9:45 amThanks for the report, I am a photo amateur too, if I can define myself like this, and not loving birdwatching, I always shot at maximum with a 75-200mm, in addition to a 50mm and a 28mm. “800mm” was a hyperbole, ironic – taken from a comment by Tuco to another post: how … [Continue reading]Log in to reply
      • Elwinga07/04/2020 at 9:10 pmThe doubt had obviously come to me; the fact is that the first has been repeated twice, alas these days the rhetorical figures are women unknown and abandoned by the majority, therefore there is always the risk of passing anything as true, even a hyperbole. Mine was however … [Continue reading]Log in to reply
        • tuco07/04/2020 at 9:30 pmI took out the 800mm for the first time on twitter, exasperated by the False Photos of Assembramenti, comparing the latter to certain photos of Trieste taken precisely with the 800mm, in which you can see the Dolomites (100 km away and passes km ) stuck to the Miramare castle. From there the 800mm is … [Continue reading]Log in to reply
  27. Uan07/04/2020 at 2:36 pmA narrative that circulates virally in the south tells how the few infections were all caused by people returning from the north. Now I have no elements to say otherwise, but it sounds very strange to hear it repeat everywhere, from Sicily to Campania, from Calabria to Puglia, always the same … [Continue reading]Log in to reply
    • mikoi08/04/2020 at 4:01 pmI agree with your opinion. I am originally from the South and in my country there have been very few confirmed infections. Some in hospital, others in an outpatient clinic, another is an auto transporter who had returned from the north after a transport. That is not a resident but one of the many who work … [Continue reading]Log in to reply
  28. aschscha07/04/2020 at 3:38 pmthe thing that leaves me amazed, or at least that forces me to ask myself questions about people’s perception is that, despite the official figures regarding checks and sanctions (https://www.linkiesta.it/2020/04/coronavirus- italy-decree-self-certification-fines /? fbclid = IwAR32L0rbU98o890yzqAKyBER5ux1HRRaCYK2nRli6Yl6P8aziJaHpd8Lvk0) ridiculous, I still read comments from friends or followers with the drool at their mouth convinced that they are not reading … [Continue reading]Log in to reply
  29. Caterina M.04/08/2020 at 9:33 amThe manipulation is really strong and thanks to this article it proves obvious. I would like to focus on an internet site https://www.yoga-und-synthese.de/yoga-e-sintesi/, where the information of the situation for example in Germany and Switzerland is different from what is communicated by the news in Italy. There people leave the house, … [Continue reading]Log in to reply