5 thoughts on “Journalism

  1. Ok, I love Joe Sacco’s work. His empathy for people comes out in both the story telling and the visual portrayal of the people he interviews. However, unfortunately, more and more I feel self-righteousness has crept into his writing. Let me explain.

    In his introduction, he consciously argues that his biases are justified, in that, following Fisk, he “is on the side that suffers.” Unfortunately, except for perhaps the Indian Dalits story, where there IS only one side to that story, in the others h

  2. I loved the piece called ‘Migration’ – about African refugees in Malta. Sacco is immediate with context and has a penchant for the long ‘victim interview.’ But whereever the attribution of the term ‘victim’ is problematic, Sacco manages a beautiful sort of subjectivity, one that stays away from the dour neutrality of Western reportage (which to me is somehow the same thing as philanthropy), and also from taking sides in the literal sense.

  3. “Somebody ordered it, somebody did it, and somebody tolerated it. And all are guilty.”

    “Someone leans over and says, In America when someone dies, you cry. Here we have a party.”

    “If you work for the Americans, the Mujahadeen will kill you; If you work for the Mujahadeen, the Americans will kill you; And if you stay home, you won’t earn any money.”

    “When African immigrants arrive here, they are welcomed by detention for up to a year and a half before being released to open centers, where they can c

  4. The non-fiction graphic novel ‘Journalism’ is actually a collection of reporting pieces by Joe Sacco. With images that linger in your mind long after you turn the page over, Sacco brings home the harsh realities of a number of troubled zones of the world in this collection.

    The Hague War Crimes Tribunal set up in the aftermath of the Bosnian War, the Chechen crisis, the Israeli-Palestine conflict, the issue of African immigration into Sacco’s native island of Malta, the American occupation of Ir

  5. Journalism (2012) by Joe Sacco, a comic journalist known for his books on the Israeli/Palestinian conflict (Palestine and Footnotes In Gaza) as well as his book on the Bosnian conflict (Safe Area Gorazde), is powerful stuff. After reading this book, I have come to the conclusion that his role is exposing human misery to the world through his reportage. It must be exhausting to have seen the many varieties that he has encountered in his travels through out he world. He obviously has an opinion ab

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