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Jennifer's Family Hardcover – August 1, 2012
"Enlightenment Now: The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism, and Progress"
Is the world really falling apart? Is the ideal of progress obsolete? Cognitive scientist and public intellectual Steven Pinker urges us to step back from the gory headlines and prophecies of doom, and instead, follow the data: In seventy-five jaw-dropping graphs, Pinker shows that life, health, prosperity, safety, peace, knowledge, and happiness are on the rise. Learn more
About the Author
Louisa Marie Summer, born 1983 in Munich, Germany, is a German photographer, currently based in Brooklyn, NY. In 2010 she graduated with a Master of Fine Arts in Photography from the renowned Rhode Island School of Design. Before Louisa studied Photo Design and received her Diploma from the University of Applied Sciences Munich, Germany. Louisa's photographs and video explore issues of social structure, injustice, identity, and survival. She has worked extensively, among others, in India, Australia and the Republic of Georgia. In Tbilisi she documented the diverse lifestyles of contemporary Georgian youth, torn between religious and traditional values and the promises of Western status symbols like cars and the latest fashion.
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I live in RI. I am familiar with South Providence. SP (mainly Broad St.) was considered the "bad" area of Providence. Back in the 80's and early 90's, it was mostly a black neighborhood mixed with Puerto Ricans and Dominicans. From the mid 90's to present day, it's mostly Dominicans. It is also not the poor, run down, crime ridden area this woman makes it seem to be. There are large Victorian houses and it's a residential area where families are living in homes with small yards and driveways and landscaping.
The reason why she chose to harp on this family is interesting. Now RI definitely has high unemployment rates. However when you live like this family does, the state makes it so these people can live better than people who get up and work 40 hours a week. They are generous with food stamps and housing. Do not be fooled! The way these adults are living is just utterly DISGUSTING! It doesn't matter how much money you make, there is no reason for your house to look this nasty when no one works. There is no pride and no effort in that house. From looking at Jennifer and Tompy, neither are great examples for these kids. Obese, lazy, loud and messy are proof of it. This is more of an example of people ok with welfare and when the well starts to dry, another unnecessary child will be born.
I'm wondering if this "fascination" of the family and this book garnered profits for the family? While the idea of what this photographer was trying to show was thoughtful, her execution was just wrong. Wrong, wrong, wrong.