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Toronto's obscene cover

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by Illino, Jun 16, 2011.

  1. Illino

    Illino Member


    I don't know much about the media differences between the U.S. and Canada, but what does everyone think of the Toronto Sun cover with people flipping the bird?
  2. Kato

    Kato Well-Known Member

    You know, I'm all for taste considerations on photos. But I also think there is a time when you have to show a photo and tell the truth. Imagine for a moment that the guys in that picture aren't flipping the bird. Now consider the picture with them doing that. It's a pretty powerful picture, isn't it? That picture tells the story of people who riot after their team loses and don't give a fuck about anything. Not sure how it would fly at other papers but I simply can't think of a better picture to tell the story than that one.
  3. Piotr Rasputin

    Piotr Rasputin New Member

    It's not a photo of two dudes flipping the bird.

    It's a photo that's representative of the riot, with two people in team gear, burning wreckage, and a crowd gathered. They just happen to be flipping the bird; it's not really part of the context of the photo.
  4. Illino

    Illino Member

    I agree with your point Kato. I just think about the bigger papers in my region, and I know (well, I'm 99% sure) there'd be an uproar if they published that on their front page.
  5. KJIM

    KJIM Well-Known Member

    A mobile home was stolen?
  6. RedCanuck

    RedCanuck Active Member

    Somewhat ironically, I had a reporter submit a photo earlier in the day with a woman giving the finger in it. In that instance, I thought it was gratuitous and unnecessary. In the instance of the Star shot, however, I think it captured a moment and it was appropriate.
  7. terrier

    terrier Well-Known Member

    "What else are you going to do when you lose the Stanley Cup? You riot."

    A money quote if ever there was.
  8. trifectarich

    trifectarich Well-Known Member

    I would not have run this photo if it were my call. The message is the same, whether it's conveyed by the actions of this idiot or in 12-inch letters on his shirt, and I'm not keen on putting that front and center. I understand why others disagree.
  9. KJIM

    KJIM Well-Known Member

    It would seem that there'd a hundred other phots available that didn't happen to have people flipping off in it.
  10. SF_Express

    SF_Express Active Member

    We don't even think twice about something like this anymore, but a different medium, and a different time.
  11. SF_Express

    SF_Express Active Member

    Upon further review: I dunno about not running it. That photo tells a lot, mainstream newspaper or no....
  12. BTExpress

    BTExpress Well-Known Member

    Did every Canadian paper run the story this prominently on its 1A?

    I mean, it could not have been played any bigger in the Toronto paper had it been the Leafs.
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