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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

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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.

The Sandra Bland Mug Shot and the Distrust of Photography

bagnewsnotes.com — On Tuesday afternoon, studying the dash cam video from Sandra Bland's arrest, I was wondering if there was a photographic angle to this story. Yes, allegations were swirling about the video being edited and the authorities didn't help themselves by denying there wasn't anything wrong.
Jul 26, 2015

The Sandra Bland Mug Shot and the Distrust of Photography — BagNews bagnewsnotes.com/2015/07/sandra…

Everything Wrong (Including Yes, Journalistically) With The HONY Gay Schoolboy Photo

bagnewsnotes.com — I never thought I'd agree w Rush Limbaugh on, well, anything, but I also find this viral Humans of New York photo, and the accompanying caption, not only questionable, but unethical. With that, and on the heels of Hilary Clinton inserting herself in the comment thread of the HONY photograph, I want to address how the public engages with photographs.

If Your War Photos Aren’t Good Enough, Then You’re Not Far Enough From What’s Real

bagnewsnotes.com — July 7, 2015 There is this inclination in the US to make entertainment simulate an authentic war experience. At a place like Oklahoma's D-Day Adventure Park, the surreal, immersive world of competitive paintball beats out all other war games for its ability to deliver that front line rush of adrenaline.
Jul 07, 2015

RT @photojourn: If Your War Photos Aren’t Dramatic Enough, Then You’re Not Far Enough From What’s Real tinyurl.com/pbqcgng #photojournalism

On That Selfie Stick Gay Marriage Photo by Marcus Yam

bagnewsnotes.com — June 27, 2015 If you've been anywhere close to social media the last few days, you know the Supreme Court's gay marriage decision birthed an explosion of visuals, not to mention, new marriages. To try and call out one picture is frankly presumptuous. Still, I was powerfully drawn to this photo by LA Times photographer Marcus Yam.

On Pointing a Glock Handgun Directly at Ted Cruz’s Head

bagnewsnotes.com — These photographs make a point by turning the gun lobby's central argument back onto itself. If "more guns" is your only response to rampant gun violence, then at some point a law of averages dictates that innocent people are going to end up in the line of fire.

Why You’ve Gotta Love Heisler’s Photo of Trump’s Announcement

bagnewsnotes.com — June 17, 2015 If the GOP has set a particularly low bar this presidential cycle, my early sense of the photojournalism is the opposite. The tell it's a show? The red rope line. It all comes down to gesticulation. As many flags as you can wave at people, then an exit.

A Photo’s Reach: Barbara Davidson Revisits the Navajo, Eddie Addams and Capa, Too

bagnewsnotes.com — June 14, 2015 If this picture is familiar to you, it's from Barbara Davidson's eloquent story, "Frozen Land Forgotten People," a photo project that earned her the Pulitzer and a Picture of the Year, International award in 2010.

Dysturb's Street Photography | The New Republic

newrepublic.com — LOCATION: Paris, France Date: June 26, 2014 Photographer: Pierre Terdjman What if news photography was liberated from the news? What if it spoke from the sidewalks? If it did, would we listen? Posted outside a Paris Metro stop, this photo of a photo, originally taken by Laurent Van der Stockt for Le Monde, shows fighters in Damascus, Syria during a government gas attack.
May 26, 2015

RT @tnr: Who is #Dysturb, and why are they pasting news photos on walls in wealthy Western cities? on.tnr.com/1F7h8VG pic.twitter.com/wEHJl8DYkY

Make Love, Not War

bagnewsnotes.com — May 24, 2015 It's not exactly a Memorial Day shot. On the other hand, if we agree that war is pathological, this image from an International Gay Rodeo Association event in Little Rock this week could be seen to radically challenge the disease.

Boy in the Suitcase: The First Photo of the New Century

bagnewsnotes.com — May 13, 2015 It is fitting that the first photograph of the 21st century includes an illegal immigrant. Yes, scanner technology is there as well, and we'll get to that, but let's stop and consider what we are seeing.
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