• Sontag asserts that notions of war vary by culture, gender and social class.
• Images could be manipulated and interpretations skewed based on context and presentation.
• Sontag argues that horrific images of war are not sufficient to inspire a rejection of armed conflict nor military action.
• Sontag cites Virginia Woolf's assertion that war is a male-dominant activity.
• Sontag departs from Woolf in her argument that images are not received in a universally consistent manner.
• Similar reactions of repulsion and horror did not imply equivalent perceptions of the image.
• Viewers experience the horror of war images differently; reactions vary based on the person's place in history and cultural experience.
• A horrified reaction to images of war does not necessarily suggest a disdain for war itself.
• Sontag argues that images alone do not convey a singular meaning; context must be provided.
• She observes that captions significantly influence the reception of...
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