With a lack of foresight at the time, I never thought about the inevitable: what about terrorists with HD, 4K, 8K resolution cameras and more advanced delivery methods? How would Western perceptions change regarding those groups, regarding war, or the Middle East?
This week I was presented with a video I did not watch. The horrific still images were enough. Perhaps even more horrific than their subject matter was their aesthetic, which seemed polished, colors were well balanced and the composition was pleasing.
The deplorable act was presented in a way completely recognizable to me. The Other was now much closer to me, processing video in much the same way that I do, no doubt using similar equipment and software. The difference that made images of war and terror bearable previously had collapsed and I could only look away.