President Obama said Russian President Vladimir Putin had “direct responsibility” to help with the investigation and aftermath of the tragic plane crash, which claimed the lives of all 298 people on board. European leaders are discussing new tough measures on Russia, which will likely come in the form of new sanctions.
But does that really punish Putin? Europe’s ultimate dependence on Russia as a market and key source of energy means its bark is often worse than its bite. And by all accounts, Putin appears to be hardening his own position, fueled by record approval ratings at home.
So now, some are venturing a new line of attack: depriving Russia of the privilege of hosting the 2018 soccer World Cup.”
So much of people’s understanding of the world comes from a visual processing of it. And we aren’t always aware of the extent to which we adopt the frames and contexts we’ve already seen. The proliferation of digital cameras and networked photo sharing has only increased this sort of contextual mimicry—surely by now you’ve seen photographs in which everyone is jumping a few feet off the ground, or the tips of a person’s Chuck Taylors peeking into the bottom of the frame of an image taken with a camera pointed at the sidewalk.
How we choose to capture the places we encounter has as much to do with the people who have been there before as it does with our own experience of a place. And much of the time, people end up forcing an impression of an impression on a place—an idea they already had when they arrived—that may or may not reveal what the place is actually like at all.”