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Michael Shaw

Berkeley, CA
Covers:  instagram, news photos, visual media, media, politics, visual politics, photography, twitter, visual spin, photojournalism, visual culture

Official feed of the visual politics + photojournalism site, BagNewsNotes

Michael Shaw's Biography

Michael Shaw is a Clinical Psychologist, an analyst of news photos and visual journalism, and a frequent lecturer and writer on visual politics and media literacy. His research has dealt with creative process visual thinking and how metaphors can lead to psychological insight. The founder and publisher of BagNewsNotes, the site is closely followed by the political and visual media, the photojournalism community and university visual studies and communications programs ...

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When Reality Isn't Dramatic Enough: Misrepresentation in a World Press and Picture of the Year Wi...

When Reality Isn't Dramatic Enough: Misrepresentation in a World Press and Picture of the Year Wi...

A Few Words About Joe Klamar's Viral (and "Obviously Terrible") Olympic Portraits

A Few Words About Joe Klamar's Viral (and "Obviously Terrible") Olympic Portraits

Big Media Sent 3 Of My Favorite War Photographers to Afghanistan And What They Brought Back Were ...

Big Media Sent 3 Of My Favorite War Photographers to Afghanistan And What They Brought Back Were ...

What was your first job as a journalist?

Same as the one I have now. Publisher of BagNewsNotes.

Have you ever used a typewriter?

Certainly. For years.

How is social media changing news?

How isn't it? Picture-wise, the photo has come into its own as a stand-alone communication vehicle and editorial entity.

Belgian Distress Over World Press Winning Pictures: Considering News Photos in a Larger Atmosphere

bagnewsnotes.com — The fact that city representatives or the public-at-large would take issue with such depictions has been primarily characterized by the publishing world and the photo establishment as misplaced, as a misunderstanding of press photography rather than some misunderstanding or insensitivity on the part of the industry toward the public.

Join us Sunday 5/1 (11am EST) for The Lens in the Mirror: How Surveillance is Pictured in the Media and Public Culture - A Joint Open Society-BagNews Salon - BagNews

bagnewsnotes.com — We're proud to announce a joint Open Society Foundation/BagNews Salon examining the visual representation of surveillance in traditional and social media. Held in coordination with Open Society's current "Watching You, Watching Me" exhibition, this online HangOut will be led by BagNewsSalon moderator and visual scholar, Cara Finnegan of the University of Illinois, and co-produced by curator and writer, Marvin Heiferman.

World Press Photo: As Much About News as About the Human Condition?

bagnewsnotes.com — World Press Photo of the Year 2014 continues a tendency of choosing winners that are less about news and more about aesthetically exploring what it means to be a human. Two years ago, an overwhelming majority in the Russian parliament adopted a law banning homosexual propaganda.

The Optic of Family Values Just Doesn’t Mix Well With the Optic of Gun Rights

bagnewsnotes.com — February 8, 2015 Seattle gets most of the national attention when it comes to Washington state, but sometimes the real action happens in Olympia, the state capitol. On Saturday the capitol building in Olympia served as a meeting ground for gun rights activists who gathered with the intention of parading their weapons into the Washington state legislative chamber.

Denial Is a Pool in Bakersfield: An Immigration Picture You’ve Hardly Seen Before

bagnewsnotes.com — February 6, 2015 As one of the most important political and social justice issues in America, immigration has been widely documented, too. In a recent feature at the NY Times Lens Blog (" An Immigrant's Dream for a Better Life "), photographer Mark Abramson documents Blanca, a Dreamer attending U.C.

More Solidarity March: German Papers Frame Israel - Palestine in Paris Attacks

bagnewsnotes.com — January 14, 2015 As Bag contributor Philip Perdue pointed out yesterday, the world leaders solidarity march in Paris wasn't exactly Selma. Putting aside how staged it was, however, I imagine you've already come across this cover of the Jewish Orthodox newspaper, HaMevaser, which scrubbed all the women from the photo-op for modesty's sake.

Je Suis Photo-Op: On the Paris World Leader Solidarity Fail

bagnewsnotes.com — January 13, 2015 Mass Unity. Fraternity. We all stand together against the threat of Islamic radicalism. That's the narrative, anyway, and it's a good one. We were even more impressed when A-list figureheads came together, locked arms, and took to the streets to show their solidarity with the people, leading millions in a public demonstration of shared commitment to free political speech.

Our Take on the New Charlie Hebdo “Muhammad” Cover

bagnewsnotes.com — January 13, 2015 If you remember, a phrase and concern that echoed through America in the shell-shocked aftermath of 9/11 was: "is irony dead?" It seemed no one could imagine humor as a conduit of meaning anymore. The wry use of words or pictures for understatement, overstatement or framing the opposite seemed off the table forever.

The Cartoonist’s Response to the Terrorist Attack on Charlie Hebdo (and How Hard it is to Take a Joke)

bagnewsnotes.com — January 8, 2015 The sphere was awash in cartoons and illustrations yesterday in response to the lethal attack on the French political cartoonist and satirist publication, Charlie Hebdo. This is a summary of the primary examples with some thoughts. The Pope cartoon was perhaps the most widely published.

Turning Backs On Turned Backs: The Second Funeral of Gunned Down NYPD Officers

bagnewsnotes.com — January 4, 2015 As NYPD mourns Wenjian Liu, some officers again turn backs on mayor - LA Times De Blasio appeals for unity at NYPD funeral but police turn backs again - The Guardian Another Protest as Second Officer Is Laid to Rest - NYT If the NYPD compromised a second funeral of its gunned down colleagues, officers turning their backs again while the Mayor spoke, surely the media - and the bevy of cameras - enabled them.
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