Monday, September 01, 2008

current events 3: what's wrong with the picture?

ethics, fashion, and economic difference? article in today's nytimes about millionaire fashion companies dressing the poorest in designer clothing in order to take publicity pictures of them. reminds me of when i was in tangier, morroco. we were walking through the narrow dirt streets of a lower-income historic quarter and i watched a group of frat boys in our tour group laugh and impress their friends as they took condoms out of their pockets and tossed them out to local kids who were playing in the streets. what does it come down to? an exposure of an unethical and unsympathetic juxtaposition between two extreme levels of basic needs? ...that would assume a sympathy for the have-nots. OK. but, who are we to determine who are and who aren't the have-nots? and what good does sympathy do if it doesn't... do anything? ...

1 comment:

smog2187 said...

Sickening but not surprising, you might be interested in reading No Logo by Naomi Klein as it does touch on this subject quite a bit. I just ordered the book for myself a few days ago so I'll let you know how it is once it arrives but nearly all the reviews I've read have been quite positive.