Let's Play A Game: Anarchist Or Photo Op?

from the take-your-pic dept

Last week, there were student protests in the UK, concerning massively increased fees, and apparently on the fringes of the protests there was some violence, which of course the press picked up on, because "if it bleeds, it leads." Or, in this case, if it "kicks in a glass window, it leads." Apparently a whole bunch of newspapers all carried the same photo on their front covers. I've posted all nine such covers after the jump, but here are a couple just to give you the idea:
However, as some have noted, what may be more interesting is that if you look at a wider lens version of a similar image, you see that the guy kicking in the glass appears to be surrounded by a ton of photographers. In fact, the whole thing almost looks like a setup, with every single newspaper cropping out the photographers:
It looks like the wide angle shot was taken either seconds before, or seconds after the shot used by all the papers, but it's pretty close. Of course, with so many photographers, it does seem a bit odd that the newspapers all seemed to use a single photograph for their covers. What happened to the images from the others? Anyway, see the nine covers after the jump.


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    Anonymous Coward, Nov 16th, 2010 @ 10:42am

    Is that a police officer just looking on as well?

     

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    Jackie Danicki, Nov 16th, 2010 @ 10:47am

    They also took over the roof of the HQ of the ruling party, the Tories, and dropped two fire extinguishers onto the ground below - narrowly missing killing a police officer, from what I've read. This photo is pretty darn perfect, so I can't really fault them all for using it - a bunch of upper-middle-class white boys on the roof of a building isn't nearly as evocative.

     

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    Yogi, Nov 16th, 2010 @ 10:48am

    Nothing new

    So MSM journalists staged a scene of violence - what else is new? and what's your point anyway?

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Nov 16th, 2010 @ 10:48am

    Sorry I missed what "other" photographs there are. Care to elaborate?

    From the perspective of the editing, the photographers in frame aren't interesting, and detract from the feeling of 'pure rage' from the protesters.

     

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    Cowardly Annon, Nov 16th, 2010 @ 10:50am

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    Why yes, yes it is. He is in every picture, accept the guardian's. In that one he seems to be shopped out.

    Photo-op indeed.

     

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    PhotoOp, Nov 16th, 2010 @ 10:50am

    Get my best side...

    Yep, that's a Bobby in the background. And in front of the Bobby is a photographer with a tripod all ready for the "spontaneous outrage" from the "student".

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Nov 16th, 2010 @ 10:59am

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    There's 50 photographers all in a semi-circle waiting for this guy, and you're wondering what other photographs there are?

    I suppose 49 of them are just prop actors, and only 1 of them is a professional.


    ....actually, that wouldn't surprise me.

     

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    Gabriel Tane (profile), Nov 16th, 2010 @ 11:00am

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    the other photographs taken by the dozens of photographers surrounding the scene?

    And the photographers spoiling the 'pure rage' feeling? well, we wouldn't want something like reality or even reader-interpretation to de-sensationalize the news, now would we?

     

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    Jake, Nov 16th, 2010 @ 11:15am

    If anyone's wondering why the police aren't reacting, there were about twenty protesters for every cop and the riot squad was nowhere nearby (something the right-wing papers have been collectively ripping them a new one about), so they were ordered not to intervene unless it looked like the rioters were going to lynch someone.

    Mind you, the political party whose headquarters is being wrecked in that picture is also slashing the police budget, which will mean lay-offs and a gutted pension scheme. One can't help but feel that even if the police had been capable of putting down the riot, their hearts wouldn't really have been in it.

     

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    John Doe, Nov 16th, 2010 @ 11:17am

    Actually, the Guardian and Daily Express ran a different photo than the others. Can't really tell if they both ran the same photo as each other though it appears they did.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Nov 16th, 2010 @ 11:23am

    Looks like the guardian used a different photo then all the rest, look at the guys arm above his head. The angle is the same, so it was probably still from the same photographer.

     

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    weneedhelp (profile), Nov 16th, 2010 @ 11:23am

    agent provocateur

    Lemme guess, the "student" is wearing the same boots as the cops.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=St1-WTc1kow

     

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    bishboria (profile), Nov 16th, 2010 @ 11:24am

    Most of those 9 pictures are the same photo, you can see the way the "window kicker" is holding his arms. The Guardian, and maybe The Express, has a different picture (again based on how the kicker's arm is held), but even then I only noticed by studying it.

    I wonder how many of those Newspapers Rupert Murdoch owns...

     

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    weneedhelp (profile), Nov 16th, 2010 @ 11:24am

    Re: agent provocateur

     

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    Irving, Nov 16th, 2010 @ 11:26am

    Re: Re:

    Yes, it is. That's also a police officer front and centre putting a boot through that window.

     

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    crade (profile), Nov 16th, 2010 @ 11:39am

    Re:

    Yes, it looks like they used at least 3 photos.
    I'm sure they only used the ones from that side because they capture that little fire there as well.
    It looks like he kicked the glass several times, which is probably why everyone had time to set up.

     

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    SLK8ne, Nov 16th, 2010 @ 11:41am

    Knock, knock Neo.

    This post perfectly illustrates why I hate the "news" media. (I never refer to them anymore without quotes) How much of what we see from ALL the news outlets is manufactured? Most of what is put out by the "news" industry is illusion. This is only the tip of the iceberg.

    Wake up, the Matrix has you Neo!

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Nov 16th, 2010 @ 11:45am

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    They are different (the upraised arm is posed differently).

    The Express pic actually seems to be from a slightly different position as well, a bit to the right.

    Only the Express pic seems to show the expansive gaggle of photogs as well.

    The cropped version is a great shot, imo, if not telling the whole story. Not surprised it's being so widely used.

     

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    Jackie D (profile), Nov 16th, 2010 @ 11:46am

    One more thing

    These protesters aren't "anarchists" - far from it. They advocate for a huge government that takes care of them from cradle to grave. (The NUS is notoriously socialist.) As a near-anarchist, I am a little sickened at the idea of people like this being associated with anarchism.

     

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    ChurchHatesTucker (profile), Nov 16th, 2010 @ 11:46am

    Re: Re:

    Isn't there a law about 'inciting to violence?' Shouldn't these photogs be charged?

     

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    akston, Nov 16th, 2010 @ 11:51am

    Photo Ops

    This is certainly interesting, given the exact same thing happened at the London G20. See here - http://statismwatch.ca/2009/04/01/g20-protests-riot-police-or-rioting-police/

    I don't know if this is a smoking gun, since at the Toronto G20, the photographers almost outnumbered protesters and police combined. It wouldn't have taken them long to close ranks around this guy.

    Anyways, the experience here in Toronto proved that the thing to look out for is the feint rather than outright provocation. The police drove a bunch of police cars up, menaced the crowd briefly, then fell back - an open invitation to douchebaggery in the service of globalization. http://www.cp24.com/servlet/an/local/CTVNews/20100626/100626_G20_protests/20100626/

    From the article:

    James Ruehle, a 49-year-old contractor from Pickering, a half hour's drive from Toronto, saw the burning of the three police cruisers.

    Ruehle was stopped in his truck at the lights at the corner of King and Bay streets in the city's financial district as the protesters approached.

    Three police vehicles zipped past the line of traffic into the intersection, where they stopped with lights flashing. A group of about 20 to 30 police then began to congregate but an officer Ruehle thought was a police captain ordered them back.

    "The cop was yelling at them 'Back up!' 'Put your batons down!"' said Ruehle.

    The police in the cars, he said, then amazed him by backing off, leaving the cruisers running in the middle of the intersection with their lights flashing and doors open.

    "It was like an invitation G(to the protesters)," said Ruehle.

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    Guess what images were all over the media?

     

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    ac, Nov 16th, 2010 @ 11:56am

    Re: Get my best side...

    that's a good point. there are a bunch of people surrounding this one "rioter" all with what appear to be enthusiast class cameras, one with a tripod set up and a bobby watching. Random acts of violence happen too quickly for this sort of scene to set up. that or this person was kicking the window for 5 straight minutes trying to break it, in which case, that bobby is in no hurry.

     

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    crade (profile), Nov 16th, 2010 @ 12:00pm

    Re: One more thing

    Anarchism is a myth. Without rules, whoever can will obviously just take over and makes their own rules. It's not like we haven't seen this happen before. You can call them a gang instead of a government if you want, but it doesn't change anything.

    Everyone just wants the government to enforce their own version of what they think the rules should be. People who claim they want "less" government are full of crap and just want differently focused rules.

     

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    gojomo (profile), Nov 16th, 2010 @ 12:13pm

    This just in: pointing a camera at someone changes their behavior

    You see this lots of times at protests and picket lines. As soon as filming (or a live news 'stand-up') starts, behavior changes: chants start, marching begins, signs are repositioned, people crowd around. Cameras off, back to waiting around.

    Of course the same applies to officials and law-enforcement: as soon as there's awareness of a camera, postures/tone/behavior changes.

    You can't fully trust any photo or video as an accurate representation of the same area without a camera.

     

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    Free Capitalist (profile), Nov 16th, 2010 @ 12:23pm

    Re: Re: Re:

    Isn't there a law about 'inciting to violence?' Shouldn't these photogs be charged?

    They have been good fear-mongering mouthpieces for decades, no sense starting to hold them accountable to the law like commoners.

     

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    iamtheky (profile), Nov 16th, 2010 @ 12:25pm

    indeed, anarchy measurements do not exist, as the mere observation causes enough of a change in state to render the measurement invalid.

     

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    Free Capitalist (profile), Nov 16th, 2010 @ 12:30pm

    Re: Re: One more thing

    Everyone just wants the government to enforce their own version of what they think the rules should be. People who claim they want "less" government are full of crap and just want differently focused rules.

    You would make a terrible anarchist.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Nov 16th, 2010 @ 12:34pm

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    Quantum Anarchy? :)

     

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    akston, Nov 16th, 2010 @ 12:42pm

    Re: Re: One more thing

    @crade

    > Without rules, whoever can will obviously just take over and makes their own rules
    > Everyone just wants the government to enforce their own version of what they think the rules should be

    You should look up Libertarianism - by which I mean the modern sense of the term. It avoids both these pitfalls by making it the government's job to protect individual rights and *nothing else*. The principle is to remove the initiation of force and fraud from human relationships.

     

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    crade (profile), Nov 16th, 2010 @ 12:50pm

    Re: Re: Re: One more thing

    Exactly. Differently focused rules.

     

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    Gabriel Tane (profile), Nov 16th, 2010 @ 12:56pm

    Re: Re:

    Many behaviors would fall under that definition... although I do like it!

    Take a small child sobbing and sobbing because he or she didn't get their way. They stop long enough to look out of the cradle of their arm to make sure you still see them and cry even louder.

     

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    crade (profile), Nov 16th, 2010 @ 1:02pm

    Re: Re: Re: Re: One more thing

    You might find this focus of rules to be "natural", but someone who thinks differently (plucked from a communal tribal society for instance) might think this particular focus of rules is very restrictive on their rights and lobby for "less government" where the government isn't controlling what things they are allowed to use and where they are allowed to walk.

     

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    Chronno S. Trigger (profile), Nov 16th, 2010 @ 1:11pm

    What's up with the glass?

    Looking at the pictures that are different I notice that the glass isn't different in any of them. One would think, if he's in the middle of kicking in a window, the glass position would change at least a little in the quarter of a second it took him to lower his arm.

    Now that I look even closer, those aren't three different pictures taken within a fraction of a second, those are three different kicks. That's why the one guy isn't in the Guardian picture, he had time to walk out of frame.

    Unless that guy was acting, that glass should have changed is some significant way. That guy didn't do that damage to that window.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Nov 16th, 2010 @ 1:31pm

    If that's how Europeans kick, no wonder soccer isn't catching on here.

     

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    J, Nov 16th, 2010 @ 2:15pm

    call it....

    ...journalismish.

     

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    Jason, Nov 16th, 2010 @ 2:16pm

    Re: What's up with the glass?

    ...while that picture was being taken.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Nov 16th, 2010 @ 2:26pm

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    or they run it though a color filter, just like how magazines make the celebs whiter and criminals darker

     

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    out_of_the_blue, Nov 16th, 2010 @ 2:40pm

    Re: Re: Re: One more thing: Libertarianism is a disguise for plutocracy.

    Those who are Rich make the rules *unless* the general populace keeps them strictly limited. -- I make no bones about advocating that gov't be *used* as a weapon against the obvious and historical enemies of the people.

     

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    Vic, Nov 16th, 2010 @ 2:44pm

    I was able to count at least 15 photographers and at least 5 (and probably up to 7) uniforms there in this wide angle picture. All the real protesters have already left this spot (I guess), the poor guy is just angry that he was left alone...

     

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    PunksUndead, Nov 16th, 2010 @ 3:07pm

    Re: Re: One more thing

    "Anarchism is a myth. Without rules, whoever can will obviously just take over and makes their own rules." Obviously you have no idea what Anarchism means. "Anarchy: It is NOT bombs, disorder or chaos. It is NOT robbery and murder. It is NOT a war of each against all. It is NOT a return to barbarism or to the wild state of man. Anarchism is the very opposite of all that." ~Alexander Berkman

     

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    crade (profile), Nov 16th, 2010 @ 4:16pm

    Re: Re: Re: One more thing

    You might be right. I always though anarchism meant one of these things (you know, from the dictionary):
    1. The theory or doctrine that all forms of government are oppressive and undesirable and should be abolished.
    2. Active resistance and terrorism against the state, as used by some anarchists.
    3. Rejection of all forms of coercive control and authority:

     

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    xenomancer (profile), Nov 16th, 2010 @ 7:08pm

    Back to School

    It looks like its just another photojournalism class in the wide angle picture. Maybe the tuition raises were an elaborate ruse to "diversify" the department...

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Nov 17th, 2010 @ 1:32am

    Re: Re: Re: Re: One more thing

    Stupid man. Why are you using a dictionary to understand the well defined meaning of a word. The poster above you clearly knows better...

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Nov 17th, 2010 @ 3:52am

    So glad you posted about this! The Sun actually posted the full version of the pic in their online story, and my first thought as soon as I saw it was that it was "setup".

    http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/news/3221110/Rioting-students-storm-Tory-HQ.html

     

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    Jason Sands (profile), Nov 17th, 2010 @ 5:16am

    Re: Re: Get my best side...

    Anyone who's looked at video of the event will have seen that it took multiple kicks to break the glass, so there was plenty of time for the photographers to move forward.

     

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    Jason Sands (profile), Nov 17th, 2010 @ 5:51am

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    He's not just looking on, he's part of line of cops trying to keep the rest of the crowd from getting through the window he's standing in front of.

     

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    crade (profile), Nov 17th, 2010 @ 10:58am

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: One more thing

    Uh.. Yeah sure. Its a magic fairy world in which everyone agrees on everything and no rules are needed because everyone just automatically never does anything that anyone else doesn't agree with. It's still a myth.

     

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    Gabriel Tane (profile), Nov 18th, 2010 @ 8:43am

    Re: Re: Re: One more thing

    I'm with crade... except I wouldn't call it a myth, I'd call it an excuse to be angsty. The only 'anarchy' I've ever seen (outside of setting up a 5 year-old’s birthday party) is rebellious youth who flock to anarchy as a way to do whatever they want without consequence.

    My favorite illustration of this is from Something Positive: http://somethingpositive.net/sp12102002.shtml

    "This is anarchy! Where the strong rule the weak and guess where your place is Puglsey? Anarchy is your sixth grade gym class for all eternity!"

     

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    Anarchist, Nov 21st, 2010 @ 6:49pm

    Re: Re: Re: Re: One more thing

    Anyone who advocates either 'individual' anarchy or small-government 'minarchy' is a fool who doesn't know what they're talking about. Anarchism has always advocated a *highly organized* society of federated communities and collectives, not a stupid utopia where everyone just gets along by magic.

     

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    MikeD, Apr 24th, 2011 @ 10:55pm

    Who cares. British people are irrelevant.

     

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