Sunday, June 14, 2015

Three Faces Of Neda

Pictures don't lie. Or do they simply mislead?. Case in point: Neda. A "true story" entwined in a hoax that recently got a new lease on life from a powerful social media operative.

54.5K followers on twitter does not guarantee accuracy in media. Nina Ansary may be a PhD, but she has perhaps inadvertently revived the old NEDA debate that revolves around photography.


A lot of the original materials appearing in articles on websites have "aged out" or been taken down and are no longer available, include a very compelling AP article that suggested a man who claimed to have been Neda's boyfriend (but never actually was) concocted the entire tale. And another (still existing as of June 2015) that says the entire Neda incident is "15% likely true, 85% likely hoax or staged."   Like the mystery surrounding the death of Shakti Bhatt, there are some truths that may never be told.

Neda # 3
noun  a confusing and difficult problem or question...       Like the dual Bin Laden case, there may be three Nedas:

Neda # 3 (see pictures above)- supposedly she is the same person depicted in  #2, the "real" Neda. But the face, if you look carefully, is not exactly the same. Or is it? Then there's that troublesome crucifix #3 wears. I can’t imagine a Muslim wearing a cross under any circumstances, so I think it quite likely Neda #3 is a Christian. Keep in mind, it is not uncommon for a Christian woman to wear a hijab in a Middle-Eastern land.  Neda # 1 has a most fascinating story to tell.

  1. Ansary recently re-tweeted this: "No matter how educated, talented, rich, or cool you belive you are, how you treat people ultimately tells all, Integrity is everything." (Except when it comes to blindly re-tweeting a hoax - then, NOT BOTHERING to address the issue when it ws tweeted to her attention.)

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