Mainstream media seem - finally, I hope - to be transitioning out of the "disaster porn" phase of earthquake coverage. BAGnewsNotes meticulously deconstructs CNN and Anderson Cooper's exploitation of one woman survivor.
Supplement to my post on Obama/Haiti from earlier in the week: This commentary from yesterday's NYT explains how the White House sought to highlight its hyper-attention to Haiti by releasing a "ticktock," a minute-by-minute accounting of how events at the White House unfolded immediately after the earthquake. The piece mentions the Flickr photos as one way the White House has tried to depict the president as fully engaged.
Obama's First Year in Pictures.
White House photographer Pete Souza appeared in MSNBC's "Morning Joe" this week to promote the release of Souza's "greatest hits" on Flickr and the White House web site, 80 or so of his personal "favorite" images of the year.
TIME.com offers its own first year slideshow featuring the work of Callie Shell, a photojournalist who has had good access to the White House. At my first pass through the pictures, it struck me that Shell's images don't look all that different from the official images of Souza. In fact, hers might be even more, shall we say, beatific. What do we make of that?