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Oct 13th 2011 2:07PM Thank you, Laurel, for such a gracious reaction. I do appreciate a constructive dialogue, and also wish it could be had more often in the online world. All the best to you and Jodi!
Oct 13th 2011 1:15PM I understand what you're saying, thank you for your response.
My feeling is that the shock value of such images is best kept for instances when we're actually discussing malnourishment, and what can be done to prevent or alleviate it.
My concern is that using them "in passing," to punctuate articles about other topics, will only dull their effect and make them less powerful when there is a need to make the problem disturbingly real enough that readers feel moved to donate to, or volunteer with, NGO's who are actively doing something about it.