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dnf777
09-26-2009, 12:54 PM
I couldn't believe the disparate coverage of the protestors, and the actual damage estimates. Violence and protest consumed around 80% of the local news coverage of the entire G20 summitt. This am, the final tally was 84 arrests for disorderly conduct and failure to disperse, and a whopping $50,000 damage!!

My first thought was, my wife can do better than that backing up the minivan! And how many arrests occurred in LA, Dallas, Detroit or any other major city over that same time span? Pretty tranquil if you ask me.

I heard the Pirates tried to sign the Japanese Prime Minister after seeing him only bounce the first pitch ONCE, but the pirates mgt couldn't match his Japanese gov't salary.

gman0046
09-27-2009, 11:38 AM
Is Detroit a major US city?????

Gerry Clinchy
09-27-2009, 01:45 PM
I don't recall seeing reports of damage or violence in the 9/12 demonstrations?

Did anybody see anything about that?

Terry Britton
09-28-2009, 09:42 AM
The is more damage and arrests than that after a Bedlam Football game party (Oklahoma State vs. Oklahoma).

Buzz
09-28-2009, 10:54 AM
Is Detroit a major US city?????


I grew up in Detroit back in the 1960's. It really saddens me to see what that once great city has become. I'm glad you find entertainment value in it.

On coverage of the G20, thankfully I've been too busy to see any of it.

Socks
09-28-2009, 11:45 AM
I'm sorry it saddens you, but man that place is a crap hole.

Buzz
09-28-2009, 11:54 AM
I'm sorry it saddens you, but man that place is a crap hole.


I lived in Plymouth and Ypsilanti too. Ypsi isn't much to brag about either... The whole Detroit Metro area is going down the tubes.

Julie R.
09-28-2009, 01:51 PM
Is Detroit a major US city?????

It is for crime stats.

Goose
09-28-2009, 06:20 PM
At least their football team won yesterday...and against Washington:)

Raymond Little
09-28-2009, 09:00 PM
It is for crime stats.
Here you go Julie........;)

http://www.jookos.com/media/8371/detroit-crime-stats-7-in-10-murderers-get-away.html

Raymond Little
09-28-2009, 09:11 PM
How bout this one??????????:cool:
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-chat/2349112/posts

Terry Britton
09-28-2009, 11:48 PM
How bout this one??????????:cool:
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-chat/2349112/posts

Good find. Shows you what happens as the result of dictorships, and then how things improve with Capitalism. Then on the flip side when you go from capitalism to socialists and unions run the show.

Buzz
09-29-2009, 11:12 AM
Good find. Shows you what happens as the result of dictorships, and then how things improve with Capitalism. Then on the flip side when you go from capitalism to socialists and unions run the show.

Yes, it was the union's fault. Management at the Big Three had nothing to do with the demise of Detroit.

Those pictures of Detroit are what amount to what one Detroit Free Press writer calls ruin porn. Detroit actually has some of the nicest suburbs around, but there are areas of Detroit that look exactly like what you see in those pictures. In the story below, there are some nice photo gallery's of some areas of Detroit, then and now.

http://www.freep.com/article/20090929/BLOG36/90928073/1318/


BY MARK W. SMITH
FREE PRESS WEB EDITOR

We've all seen the startling images of abandoned buildings.

When a national media outlet comes to do a story on downtrodden Detroit, where do they send the photographer?

Easy.

The Michigan Central Station, Packard Plant or Fisher Body Plant.

NPR's "On the Media" did a story on the phenomenon recently, calling the images of destruction "ruin porn."

You can listen to the show here:



NPR talked to Thomas Morton, who wrote on the topic for Vice magazine last month in a story headlined "Something, something, something Detroit: Lazy journalists love pictures of abandoned stuff."

Morton told NPR's Bob Garfield that some photographers frame photos in just a way that leaves out any sign of prosperity, focusing only on the destruction.

"I think when you’re presented with a photo and then a little bit of description of it, the image stands so strongly that it’s almost hard to argue it," Morton told NPR. "You’re throwing what seem like minor quibbles at this shot of utter desolation."

MORE:
• Gallery: The Packard Plant, then and now
• Gallery: Michigan Central Station
• Video: Inside the Michigan Central Station
• Gigapan: Michigan Central Station

But what should the photographers focus on? As Garfield noted in his introduction, "You can't take a picture of the GDP."

Morton specifically called out a photo essay by Time published in late 2008 called "The Remains of Detroit."

The 12-image essay focuses on the Michigan Central Station, Fisher Body Plant and the Packard Plant.

Morton's publication is no stranger to reaping the rewards of posting ruin porn, however.

Vice posted a breathtaking photo essay earlier this year on the condition of some abandoned school buildings in Detroit. The photos by James Griffioen show supplies — computers, books, student files — left behind, scattered on the ground.

Morton said the essay on Vice tripled traffic to its Web site for almost a week.

What do you think? Are we obsessed with images of destruction?

Contact MARK W. SMITH: msmith@freepress.com. Follow him on Twitter: @markdubya or follow a feed of blog updates at @browserblog.