Reimagining What Images Can Achieve

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The author discusses the ethics of the dissemination of ruin porn, focusing on the works of Philip Levine and Andrew Moore that document the crumbling and decaying ruins of buildings. She says that pornography it is not generally considered as acceptable despite its popularity. She adds that ruin porn is about the circulation of images of ruin buildings, such as the images of the decomposing Michigan Central Station and Packard Motor Plant by Yves Marchand and Roman Meffre.

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McNaughton, M.J. (2013). Reimagining What Images Can Achieve. Journal of Mass Media Ethics, 28(2), 140-142. https://doi.org/10.1080/08900523.2013.784669