You are suggesting the connection between fascism and toxic masculinity here, which I find powerful. I would be interested in hearing more about your thoughts in that direction, why do you think the 'white boys' find the "Sieg Heil" greeting appropriate suitable to express their identities? You could even add another historical layer to your project, by not only looking at toxic masculinity from an international perspective (US and China), but also look at archivale material from the past(s), such as the Nazi period.
The image works well with the description. How might it change if there was no description?
I mentioned in a different response to this photo that I noticed the empty seats surrounding the senator. I wonder if that sense of lonliness, or the comedic nature of his ludicrious claims, could be amplified by collaging this images within others. I am thinking of more empty seats. Or haivng Senator Inhofe addressing the Galatic Senate in Star Wars.
I just spent an awful lot of time fixating on and highlighting one of the smallest words in the image. That's because I approached the subject as a critic, hoping to prove myself by finding something unusual and unexpected to say about it. If you were to accept my reading, you might consider finding a way to zoom in on the words "Swiss quality." A callout would leave these words in small scale on one side, while blowing them up visually so viewers will not miss them.
Dear Alli, I was really interested in the way this image correlates to your research on veterans and their usage of visualizing technology (as discussed in your critical commentary). I wonder if there is a way to hold this narrative throughout your three visual texts. I believe that doing so will illucidate the "ethnographic message" on "toxic capture" across your curated texts.
I am curious about where this image comes from. We could see how "you can fuck raw" was located, but this one is left a mystery. Perhaps you could search for an instance in which this image was posted physically/publicly in the world? Or, if it is only digital (which would also be interesting), perhaps you could take a screen shot to show the website as the sort of "digital fieldsite" where this image was discovered. I just think comparing the location of these images might yeild a compelling ethnographic insight.
I am so curious to know more about where photograph was taken and how commonplace these sorts of advertisements are.
The collage of photo and cartoon brought to my attention the question of labeling parts on an image. In the right-hand cartoon, parts of the city are clearly labeled, e.g. the school. In the left-hand photograph, viewers are left with figuring out details of the image. Even though the cartoon is exaggerated, the collage produces an interesting comparison. One is called to imagine the social structures covered in the debris of the collapsed Rana Plaza Building. The cartoon, at the same time, is confronted with photographic realism and brutality that is otherwise downplayed given the playful and colorful illustration.
This image captures several spatial and temporal scales expanded upon in the image description, effectively showing arguing that Watts 1965 was not a singular event over the span of a few days, but rather what he calls a "toxic period." For those who are less familiar with the events described in the explanation that preceded the event more commonly understood as the beginning of the "race riot," it might be helpful to expand on how they are connected.
While the image and description point to the absence of sound and smell, it would be interesting to see attempts at folding such data into the map, e.g. base on the recommended odor diaries.