Vice, the media outlet that has built an empire out of mixing almost nihilistic coverage of youth culture with investigative pieces about hate groups and global political struggles, published a short slideshow of photographs from Baltimore on their website on Tuesday.
The piece is called “Baltimore Is a Paradise,” and the photos are snapshots from mostly hard-to-identify locations — a lot of them are indistinct interiors — and there aren’t really enough of them to tell a story. In one, a young woman looks through the sights of a gun. In another, a man disguised as Mephistopheles poses in front of the Washington Monument. Another captures an overturned pink flamingo.
But what’s frustrating is the absurd paragraph of text that accompanies the photo essay. Nick Biddle defines Baltimore as “a place bereft of the power of the District, the history of Philadelphia or the cultural and economic gravity of New York.” He sees in the city only “[l]ives of little consequence, playing out in unseen spaces on the set of an HBO drama I’ll never find the time to watch.” Huh?
In the words of Dude Lebowski, “Yeah, well, you know, that’s just, like, your opinion, man.”
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