The Mirror with a Memory.
While it was unclear to me what subject of emphasis the writer was attempting to discuss, .
his slow start sped up quite promptly. The reading discusses the personal .
views/experiences of Jacob Riis in regards to his views of poverty and social connection .
of the poor class community/individuals in the U.S during the late 1800â€™s to early 1900â€™s.
Riis, takes us the readers thru a first lyrical then visual journey in to the world of the less .
fortunate immigrants. An immigrant himself, he tries to make society help well the .
conditions of the less fortunate by reporting about them & later adding pictures by a .
fairly new invention called the camera; an object that can take a split second of real life .
and hold it for others to observe and witness once the moment is gone. However, Riis .
under estimates the power a picture can hold. The message it relays is greatly affected by .
the individual who is taking the picture. Whether he did or didnâ€™t know that his personal .
bias will appear in the photo silently is debatable. I think he used it to his advantage. I .
have yet to understand some of the reasoning/gains behind Riisâ€™s attempts in helping the .
poor. It seems quite clear to that even as an immigrant, Riis never really understood the .
psychological and emotional effect poverty has on an individual. Yes, he was at one point .
stripped of his wealth and lowered in social class but it was temporary. Riis came from a .
middle-class family. As a child growing up he was not neglected in the way a poor .
person might be. If you were born in to poverty you donâ€™t feel the same suffrage as a .
person who knows what its like to have then to lose. In a way I can call Riis a self hater, .
an Anti-Semite and contradicting himself. â€œTo rise to middle-class dignity and prosperity .
and to become, in the most respectable sense, not a newcomer but an Americanâ€¦-Like .