“They Had Not Read The News”

   The world of media, the mass media, news websites and thousands of other fancy names can be mentioned as the same entities which conceal the “news” from the eyes and ears. The mind “oblivious to the media”, “formed by the media” or, generally speaking, the “uninformed”mind, is the love child of the “media age”; the age which indoctrinates the“brainwashed” heads with “fake information”. “They had not read the news!” This may be the best description of a captive mind, a mind incapable of“interpreting” the news in a right way..   In the Neo-Liberal Age, the human is a consumerist being. A human concerned with consuming all the junk, even the lousiest news of the lousiest media. They may be able to see, but they are incapable of understanding. They just watch, watch and watch with the fear and caution indoctrinated by the media of the hegemonic powers.
   Now, it is the media which forms the culture.These days, the pop culture means the life under the shadows; a fruitless conservative culture which prescribes passivism or submission to the power,even when it comes to genocide. The images are a narrative of this age, but not an impartial one, because she basically has no intention of remaining impartial. She has portrayed darkness and ignorance. She endeavours to shift the mind of the audience from “frivolous” interpretations. She tries to show that the shadow is, ironically,not a safe place and that the ignorance tree grows under the same shadow. She illustrates the eyes which monitor the society from the depth of darkness, a society which encompasses the world and cannot necessarily be restricted to a specific geographical boundary.

Ehsan Sohrabian & Azadeh Pirazimian - Toronto - 2016

The birds migrated to the shade.
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Lightening had already begun.
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Even the shade was not safe anymore. The plant was still growing.
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Crows have conquered the city.
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Even the ghosts were imprisoned.
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The chicken supposed the land to be firm.
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The old walnut tree in the yard yielded its fruit. No walnut, though.
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The crows have been checking even the graves.
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Fish took refuge in the tree. They had not read the news.
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The fish decided to fall.
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Home was insecure.
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The birds were buried in a mass grave beneath their fellows' feet. Their fellows had not read the news.
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The shark knew that the tree was not a safe place. The shark had read the news.
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The birds were deceived by the tree snake. The birds had not read the news.
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The sharks ate each other.
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The snakes were changes into the roots. The birds had built nests on the snakes' branches.
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The snakes could never get enough to satisfy themselves.
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The snakes disguised themselves as a river. The fish had not read the news.
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The sky fell to the earth.
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The fish were sleepy.
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